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*Call for Presentations*

*Session at the*

*3rd European Conference on Social Networks*

*at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, 26.-29. September 2017*


*“Varieties of Qualitative Perspectives in Social Network Analysis”*

Qualitative approaches in Social Network Analysis (SNA) are a rapidly
growing field of expertise. A variety of methodological traditions and
theories inspire this research, including conversation analysis,
ethnography, small story research, field theory, social world theory and
interactionism. In empirical studies diverse qualitative methods are
applied and different kinds of data are taken as qualitative data material
including interviews, observations and visualizations. Fundamental to the
qualitative approaches is a close entanglement of theory and method in the
sense of a methodical holism. Their internal coherence is essential since
theoretical assumptions orient methods and vice versa.

In this session we want to engage in a discussion on how different
traditions and schools of thought orient qualitative research on social
networks. We invite participants to present their empirical approaches and
to discuss how they integrate theory, methodology and method in their

Contributions may tackle questions such as the following:

-          How do qualitative methodical procedures relate to
methodological and theoretical positions and how can they be integrated for
analyzing social networks?

-          What do the various strands of qualitative research offer for
the analysis of social networks?

-          What are the comparative (dis-)advantages of different
qualitative perspectives (such as narrative inquiry or ethnography) for
analyzing social networks?

-    How do we integrate qualitative research strategies with perspectives
taken from (quantitative) structural analysis and how can this be done in a
theoretically and methodologically consistent manner?
Abstract submission

Please hand in your abstract via the conference website ( and indicate the name of the
session: “*Varieties
of Qualitative Perspectives in Social Network Analysis*”. Abstract
submission deadline is *March 31st*.

Session Organizers (alphabetic order) *Stefan Bernhard (IAB
Nuernberg), **Andreas
Herz (University of Marburg), **Luisa Peters (University of Hildesheim), **Inga
Truschkat (University of Hildesheim)*

*Abstract Submission Info*
Deadline: March 31, 2017
*Abstract Submission Form at CONVERIA*
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