***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Just posted to my website. "Social Networks: An Introduction" (aka Networks for Newbies (and oldbies). Alexandra Marin and Barry Wellman Draft version for Handbook of SNA (Carrington & Scott) http://tr.im/ojDi We begin by discussing issues involved in defining social networks, and then go on to describe three principles implicit in the social network perspective. We explain how these principles set network analysis apart from attribute- or group-based perspectives. In Section II we summarize the theoretical roots of network analysis and the current state of the field, while in Section III we discuss theoretical approaches to asking and answering questions using a network analytic approach. In Section IV we turn our attention to social network methods - which we see as a set of tools for applying network theory rather than as the defining feature of network analysis. In our concluding section we argue that social network analysis is best understood as a perspective within the social sciences and not as a method or narrowly-defined theory. Barry Wellman _______________________________________________________________________ S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director Department of Sociology 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388 University of Toronto Toronto Canada M5S 2J4 twitter:barrywellman http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman fax:+1-416-978-3963 Updating history: 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.