***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi Yang, It's good to hear from you again -- especially on SocNet. I am sure others will have more contemporary answers to your Q about qual. network analysis, but the most important thing to remember is that SNA is a perspective -- dare I say a paradigm -- rather than a set of methods, quant or qual. I immodestly refer you to the first chapter of Wellman & Berkowitz, Social Structures, for one statement of these. As to qual analysis, much of the field's origins were qualitative. See all of the articles in J. Clyde Mitchell, ed., Social Networks in Urban Situations, from about 1970. Or J.A. Barnes' original ethnographic formulation, Barnes, J. A. (1954). Class and Committees in a Norwegian Island Parish. Human Relations, 7, 39-58. Or Elizabeth Bott's (1971). Family and Social Network (second edition ed.). London: Tavistock. Linton Freeman's recent book on the history of social network analysis has a reasonable account on origins. Barry Wellman _____________________________________________________________________ Barry Wellman S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology NetLab Director Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto 455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162 wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman for fun: http://chass.utoronto.ca/oldnew/cybertimes.php _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.