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Call for papers: latent, lost and negative
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
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
7th Workshop of ReSTo and
3rd of RT 26 AFS
Negative ties, lost ties
and latent ties
France, 5-6 April 2012
Networks in Toulouse) is a group of researchers from several
social networks in the Toulouse area. RT-26 is the group on
of the French
Studies on social
relations have grown in recent years. They provide an understanding
social facts such
as access to employment, support of professional and personal
friendly relations and so on. Usually, social networks analyses study
creation and their mobilization, but there are few studies on negative
ties, lost ties or
latent ties. The
aim of this workshop is to enable researchers from several
discuss this topic.
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
behaviors are constrained by interactions and their emergent
studies that deal
with social networks are interested in the nature of relations
groups, their frequency and their content. A more global approach
the structure of
networks, their density or the centrality of individuals while other
to understand how
social networks evolve over time according to particular
studies mainly concern active ties, those which grant access to
For these reasons,
this workshop will focus on the following particular aspects of
Exploration and characterization of negative, lost or latent ties.
enmity come within this focus but negative ties must also be
that prohibit or limit access to a resource instead of allowing it.
when an individual
is fired by his former employer for theft, the local
which all individuals find themselves can create serious obstacles in
new job. In this
example, relations do exist, they are active and that's precisely why
find a job.
A negative tie can
also be seen as a relation that, despite an emotional, cognitive
proximity, does not allow the mobilization of some specific resources.
fear of changing
the nature of their familial ties, some entrepreneurs will refrain
financial assistance from their relatives. An individual may prefer
not to use ties
in a particular
context because he doesn't want to change the nature of relations with
of these relations can be studied in contexts as diverse as
sociability, access to health information, water access and so
In the same way,
some scientific works clarify the mechanism wherein ties are created,
few have examined
the lost ties, meaning ties that have existed and have been active
(conflict, moving or loss of contact), are no longer so.
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
who share them but
(who) are rivals. These configurations of 'negative homophily'
example, competing entreprises, rivality between people, or scientific
controversy within a sector of activity. In such cases, it would be
and simple to
describe the articulation and hierarchy within network structures from
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
active in a
persons' memory. Such latent ties can be understood as potential ties
require special circumstances to motivate their activation (need of
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
- What methodology
can be used to examine these ties?
- What is the link
between such ties and access to resources, sociability and so
- What is the role
of social networks sites (digital networks) on the
Papers must not
exceed 4000 characters.
They may be written
either in French or in English; Presentations at the workshop can also
given in both
will be published in the BMS review (Bulletin of Sociological
organizers: Gregori Akermann, Nathalie Chauvac, Laurence Cloutier,
Defossez, Ainhoa de
Federico (LISST-CERS, Toulouse University)
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Ainhoa de Federico de la Rúa
Maître de Conférences
Département de Sociologie et d'Anthropologie
Université de Toulouse 2 - Le Mirail
Tel: +33(0)5 61 50 43 91
Fax: +33(0)5 61 50 40 28
Membre du LISST-CERS (CNRS-UMR 5193).
Maison de la Recherche
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31058 Toulouse CEDEX 09
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