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Christakis's recent Nature paper about networks in hunter-gatherer societies (
("Social networks and cooperation in hunter-gatherers") prompted a discussion with a colleague about other scholarship on the size or structure of ego or social networks in other historical eras or socio-cultural contexts. Basically is there any scholarship which has tracked the growth or stability social networks with respect to the number of alters or size of networks?
Brian C. Keegan
Ph.D. Student - Media, Technology, & Society
School of Communication, Northwestern University
Science of Networks in Communities, Laboratory for Collaborative Technology
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