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Call for Abstracts: Session on NEW THEORETICAL, METHODOLOGICAL AND ANAYLYTIC DIRECTIONS IN EGO-CENTRIC RESEARCH
Session Organizers: Bernice A. Pescosolido (Indiana University) and Mario L. Small (Harvard University)
Session Description: Ego-centric research has provided some of the most basic insights into how social ties influence human behavior. These include the strength of weak ties, the national profile of connectedness, and novel perspectives on social issues as varied as obesity, job finding, mental health, and social support. At the same time, many issues in ego-centric analysis remain central concerns—among them how to properly measure ego-centric networks, how to productively combine qualitative and quantitative approaches, how to understand the relation between structure and context, and how to conceptualize dynamic processes at multiple levels. This session seeks papers with new perspectives or developments on these issues and other issues central to ego-centric analysis. We are particularly interested in papers that either 1) review the core strengths and challenges of ego-centric analysis from new perspectives; 2) offer new insights into theoretical issues relevant to social network research; 3) provide and/or compare new technological approaches to collecting social network data; or 4) develop new analytic approaches suitable for ego0centric data.
Abstracts can be submitted at by February 1, 2019.
Bernice A. Pescosolido
Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Indiana University
Founding Director, Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research
Member, National Academy of Medicine