Conducting Personal Network Research: A Practical Guide

Author:   Christopher McCarty (PhD, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville) ,  Miranda Jessica Lubbers (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain) ,  Raffaele Vecca (Raffaele Vacca, PhD, Department of Sociology and Criminology and Law, University of Florida, Gainesville) ,  Jose Luis Molina (PhD, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Publisher:   Guilford Publications
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Pages:   262
Publication Date:   18 April 2019
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Written at an introductory level, and featuring engaging case examples, this book reviews the theory and practice of personal and egocentric network research. This approach offers powerful tools for capturing the impact of overlapping, changing social relationships and contexts on individuals' attitudes and behavior. The authors provide solid guidance on the formulation of research questions; research design; data collection, including decisions about survey modes and sampling frames; the measurement of network composition and structure, including the use of name generators; and statistical modeling, from basic regression techniques to more advanced multilevel and dynamic models. Ethical issues in personal network research are addressed. User-friendly features include boxes on major published studies, end-of-chapter suggestions for further reading, and an appendix describing the main software programs used in the field.

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Author:   Christopher McCarty (PhD, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville) ,  Miranda Jessica Lubbers (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain) ,  Raffaele Vecca (Raffaele Vacca, PhD, Department of Sociology and Criminology and Law, University of Florida, Gainesville) ,  Jose Luis Molina (PhD, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Publisher:   Guilford Publications
Imprint:   Guilford Publications
ISBN:  

9781462538393


ISBN 10:   1462538398
Pages:   262
Publication Date:   18 April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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A sound, well-written, and authoritative guide on how to do (and interpret) personal network research. The book nicely links personal network analysis to broader methodological approaches. I really like the boxed research case examples. I recommend this book and will use it both in teaching and professionally. --Barry Wellman, PhD, Director, NetLab Network, Toronto, Canada The book describes the breadth of research in the field. It walks the reader through the process of creating a personal network, typically through a name generator, and addresses important conceptual considerations and pitfalls. I'm a big fan of the boxed examples throughout the book; they tend to summarize really interesting findings. The authors impart a great deal of wisdom and provide enough information to work from initial conceptualization to analysis and presentation of results. --Bernie Hogan, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


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Christopher McCarty, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Florida, where he is also Director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. He has done research on personal networks since the 1980s. He is the developer of EgoNet, the first program for the collection and analysis of personal network data. Dr. McCarty has conducted studies of migration, disasters, substance abuse, homelessness, and racism. Along with his coauthors from this volume, he conducted the largest personal network study of migrants to date, using data from Spain and the United States. Miranda J. Lubbers, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, and Director of the Research Group on Fundamental and Oriented Anthropology. Dr. Lubbers has investigated personal networks in the area of migration and transnationalism, poverty and livelihood strategies, and social cohesion in Spain. Currently she directs two research projects using personal networks. She also co-organizes a biennial international summer school in Personal Network Analysis. Raffaele Vacca, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. He designed and conducted one of the first personal network surveys among international migrants in Italy. In the past few years he has taught courses and workshops on quantitative methods and statistical software for social network analysis at several international conferences and universities in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. His current interests focus on international migration, health disparities, social networks, and science and scientific collaboration. Jose Luis Molina, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is also president of the University's Research Ethics Committee. Dr. Molina is an economic anthropologist who studies the emergence of socioeconomic structures such as migrant enclaves and transnational fields. He is interested in mixed methods approaches combining ethnography and personal network analysis, with a focus on Southeast Europe, and Romania in particular.

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