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Find enclosed the call for papers
"latent, lost and negative ties"
April 5-6th, University of Toulouse (France)
organized jointly by the Social Networks in Toulouse Group (ReSTo)
and the "Social Networks" network of the French 
Sociological Association (RT26).

Deadline for abstract submissions : february 29th

On behalf of the organization comitee,

Ainhoa de Federico

Call follows

Call for papers:
7th Workshop of ReSTo and 3rd of RT 26 AFS
Negative ties, lost ties and latent ties
Toulouse, France, 5-6 April 2012
Deadline: February 29th 2012
ReSTo (Social Networks in Toulouse) is a group of 
researchers from several disciplines
interested in social networks in the Toulouse 
area. RT-26 is the group on "Social Networks"
of the French Sociological Association.
Call for papers
Studies on social relations have grown in recent 
years. They provide an understanding of
social facts such as access to employment, 
support of professional and personal networks,
development of friendly relations and so on. 
Usually, social networks analyses study actual
ties, their creation and their mobilization, but 
there are few studies on negative ties, lost ties 
latent ties. The aim of this workshop is to 
enable researchers from several scientific
disciplines to discuss this topic.
Social network analysis is defined as the study 
of relations between an individual (or a group)
and others. The analysis of the set of relations 
allows us to identify relevant groups and to
understand how behaviors are constrained by 
interactions and their emergent structures. Many
studies that deal with social networks are 
interested in the nature of relations between
individuals or groups, their frequency and their 
content. A more global approach focuses on
the structure of networks, their density or the 
centrality of individuals while other studies try
to understand how social networks evolve over 
time according to particular events.
Nevertheless, these studies mainly concern active 
ties, those which grant access to resources.
For these reasons, this workshop will focus on 
the following particular aspects of social
networks: Exploration and characterization of 
negative, lost or latent ties. Relations
characterized by enmity come within this focus 
but negative ties must also be understood as
social relations that prohibit or limit access to 
a resource instead of allowing it. For instance,
when an individual is fired by his former 
employer for theft, the local professional
environment in which all individuals find 
themselves can create serious obstacles in 
finding a
new job. In this example, relations do exist, 
they are active and that's precisely why the
applicant can't find a job.
A negative tie can also be seen as a relation 
that, despite an emotional, cognitive or
professional proximity, does not allow the 
mobilization of some specific resources. Thus, for
fear of changing the nature of their familial 
ties, some entrepreneurs will refrain themselves
from asking financial assistance from their 
relatives. An individual may prefer not to use 
in a particular context because he doesn't want 
to change the nature of relations with others.
The configuration of these relations can be 
studied in contexts as diverse as employment,
entrepreneurship, sociability, access to health 
information, water access and so on.
In the same way, some scientific works clarify 
the mechanism wherein ties are created, but
few have examined the lost ties, meaning ties 
that have existed and have been active but, for
various reasons (conflict, moving or loss of contact), are no longer so.
From the perspective of sociocentric networks, 
negative or absent ties can be represented as a
low probablity in the occurence of a link between 
two actors who do not share attributes, or
who share them but (who) are rivals. These 
configurations of 'negative homophily' can
illustrate, for example, competing entreprises, 
rivality between people, or scientific and
normative controversy within a sector of 
activity. In such cases, it would be more 
and simple to describe the articulation and 
hierarchy within network structures from those
negative or absent ties rather than from the existing positive ones.
At last, latent ties can be seen as a sub-group 
of lost ties to the degree to which they remain
active in a persons' memory. Such latent ties can 
be understood as potential ties not currently
mobilized which require special circumstances to 
motivate their activation (need of specific
information, unexpected encounter, moving...).
Authors are invited to submit papers answering the following questions:
- How to define negative, lost or latent ties?
- How does a tie become negative or latent? Under 
which circumstances can ties be
- What methodology can be used to examine these ties?
- What is the link between such ties and access 
to resources, sociability and so forth?
- What is the role of social networks sites (digital networks) on the subject?
Submission information
Papers must be sent to the following address: [log in to unmask]
Deadline: February 29th, 2012
Papers must not exceed 4000 characters.
They may be written either in French or in 
English; Presentations at the workshop can also be
given in both languages.
Selected papers will be published in the BMS 
review (Bulletin of Sociological Methodology).
Workshop organizers: Gregori Akermann, Nathalie 
Chauvac, Laurence Cloutier, Adrien
Defossez, Ainhoa de Federico (LISST-CERS, Toulouse University)
Contact: liens@univ-tlse2
Ainhoa de Federico de la Rúa
Maître de Conférences

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