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*Call for Abstracts for the organized session*

*Network analysis of cultural and social duality*
*at the conference*
*Networks in the Global World 2016*
*Multiple Structures and Dynamics: *
*Applications of Network Analysis to European Societies and Beyond*

*July 1-3*, *St. Petersburg, Russia *

*Deadline:*  *March 1st 2016*

*Chair: **Ronald Breiger, University of Arizona*

In recent decades, the duality of culture and social structure as mutually
constitutive has been in the focus of social science with a corresponding
interest in symbols, meanings, texts, cultural frames, and cognitive
schemas when studying social processes (Bourdieu 1984; Friedland and Alford
1991; Mohr 1998; Aleksander 2003). One stream of research applied network
perspective to the level of institutions and/or fields, examining power
control of social phenomena that involves cultural structures and social
structures as conditioning symbolic ones (DiMaggio 1986; Mohr 1994; 2009).
It has also been argued that the relations between the cultural and the
social reveal themselves at the level of social (inter)action and practice,
as individuals tend to switch between cultural classifications and social
relations (White 1992), play on the gaps and contradictions in fields’
logics (Friedland and Alford 1991; Friedland and Roger 2009), and are
guided by matters at hand (Bourdieu 1990) and by intersubjective relations (De
Nooy 2003; Godart and White 2010). In those processes, meaning – which is
then  further integrated into cultural constructs and affects large-scale
social structures - continuously emerges bottom-up.

Methodologically relevant are two-mode perspectives on meaning (Breiger
1974; 2000; Mohr 1994; 2000; Breiger and Mohr 2004) with their links
to multimodal
and multilevel data, such as in the socio-semantic approach (Roth 2013) and
analytical techniques employing formal statistical modeling, including
SAOMs and ERGMs. Another possibility is qualitative approaches - addressing
the duality of structure and culture as meanings emerging from interaction,
such as analysis of relational events (White 1992; Fuhse and Muetzel 2011)
and sequences of events analysis (Bearman and Stovel 2000). There are also
mixed methods using, for example, Galois lattices (Yeung 2005) or meaning
contrasts analysis based on textual data.

The session welcomes papers applying these or other network analysis
methods to study the duality of culture and social structures either on the
micro or the macro level, particularly welcoming papers addressing
relations between the two levels.

Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 200 words) *here*
<> before *March 1st 2016*.
When submitting, don’t forget to select the session title *“Network
analysis of cultural and social duality"* from the list.

The conference website <> provides additional

We are looking forward to your contributions.

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Thank you.

Ron Breiger

*Ronald L. Breiger*
  School of Sociology
*University of Arizona*
Tucson, AZ 85721-0027

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