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Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting your Sunbelt 2022 abstract to our organized session on:

Network Ecology: Tie formation in context(s)

Social networks are embedded in cultural, institutional, and material contexts that affect tie formation processes and the resulting network topologies. For example, romantic entanglements are subject to social and cultural norms, interfirm alliances vary by industry- and country-specific legislation, and adolescent friendships are conditioned by ethnic composition and neighborhood effects. In short, contexts clearly matter for the formation and stabilization of social relations. Which contexts matter, how exactly, and when, however, remain to be established. This organized session brings together research that addresses these and related questions through a broad, network-ecological lens.

To develop ‘network ecology’ as a framework, we solicit methodological, conceptual, and empirical contributions that model, predict, and/or explain how social networks coevolve with their proximal environments.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following lines of enquiry:
Contexts of Tie Formation
Tie selection and tie dissolution
Emergence of new types of relations
Network Evolution
Network Design
Multilevel Network Analysis
Longitudinal Network Analysis
Analyses of multiplex networks
Network Theory

Submission information:
Length of abstracts: ca. 200 words
Deadline: February 6th, 2022
Format: The session will be held online
Link: https://www.sunbelt2022.org/abstracts

Organizers
Malte Doehne (University of Zurich), Daniel McFarland (Stanford University)

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