Ethnomusicology and social network analysis

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Text: read chapters 1,2,3,5,9; do exercises

Research: project of your choosing

for Wed Sep 19th

(1) Read chapter 1 of Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) (ESNAP) by Wouter de Nooy, Andrej Mrvar, and Vladimir Batagelj and try out Pajek.

Pajek is a free download: It only works on Windows machines, so you'll have to have access to one. Hopefully you do already.

(2) optional: For an alternative intro, try Network Concepts.pdf Basic Network Concepts, by C. Kadushin

(3) also optional: browse

for Wed Sep 26th

Read chapters 1 and 2 of ESNAP, try out all examples with Pajek, and do all the exercises at the ends of the chapters. Correct them yourself, give me the corrected work, and let me know if you have any problems. Have a look at the Dept of Music study we did a few years back (emailed to you).

Possible modes of data collection in SNA include:

  1. surveys (web, email, paper)
  2. interviews (formal, informal)
  3. observation
  4. online data mining

Possible structures relevant to music include:

  1. interactions in a musical group (e.g. eye contact)
  2. proximity structure in a performance (who is near whom)
  3. the structure of musical pedagogy (e.g. teaching lineages)
  4. peer consultations in a music class
  5. communities of musical taste
  6. co-participation in musical events (as performers or listeners)
  7. online social networks via social network sites
  8. email networks (who emails whom)
  9. online discussion groups (who sends on what threads)
  10. musical collaborations
  11. face to face interactions among musicians
  12. who practices or performs together
  13. communications about music
  14. friendship networks among musicians
  15. the relation between friendship networks and musical taste (or co-participation) (how is subculture defined musically?)
  16. networks of music scholarship (who cites whom, who co-authors with whom)

Sketch out a possible ethnomusicological social network analysis project of your own: a small or online data study (for P); real-life ethnographic data (for N). N should also start preparing an ethics application.




Pajek and datasets

International Network for Social Network Analysis

wikipedia article

small worlds

My ideas

Social network information is valuable for sociology, but hard to obtain. That's because social network information typically derives from the practical knowledge of social networks that is embedded within those networks, within the social actors ("vertices") who inhabit them. Such knowledge--more especially the knowledge differential (that which I know but you do not)--is extremely valuable to individuals for whom it guides practice. Such a knowledge differential is itself a form of social capital.

Your ideas