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Dear socnetters,

we kindly invite you to submit an abstract to the session “*Qualitative
Perspectives in Social Network Analysis*” at the 4th European Conference on
Social Networks EUSN 2019 <>, September 9-12
in Zurich, Switzerland.

*Description: *

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 research.

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
   - 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?
   - What are historic examples of qualitative network analysis?

*Submission Details: *

Abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations with up to 500 words can be
submitted here:

When submitting your abstract, select the Organized Session title
Perspectives in Social Network Analysis*" from the list of session titles.

Looking forward to your contributions!
Session co-organizers

Luisa Peters, Andreas Herz, Inga Truschkat (Universität Hildesheim) Stefan
Bernhard (IAB Nürnberg)

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