Music culture as a social network (Fall 2011)
These days, social networks seem to be everywhere, especially with the advent of "social networking" as a catchphrase, new web-based social networking services, and popularization of social network concepts such as "six degrees of separation". But the idea of using graph theory to understand social groups goes back nearly a century, while the existence of social networks dates to the dawn of humanity, if not before...
This seminar-workshop provides students specializing in the arts and humanities with a gentle introduction to contemporary social network analysis, in theory and in practice, with applications to ethnomusicology (the study of music culture as a social practice). You won’t merely read about social network analysis, you’ll actually do it!
Course work and goals include (1) weekly reading and problem-solving exercises, to help reinforce concepts of social network analysis; (2) “lab work”, using a software tool (Pajek) to manipulate and display network data, further reinforcing concepts, and teaching you how to analyze data; (3) collaborative fieldwork; (4) analyzing and interpreting fieldwork data in term papers.
Wouter de Nooy, Andrej Mrvar, and Vladimir Batagelj, Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek, illustrated edition. (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Available in the SUB bookstore.
John P Scott, Social Network Analysis: A Handbook, 2nd ed. (Sage Publications Ltd, 2000). Available in the SUB bookstore.
Linton C. Freeman, The Development of Social Network Analysis: A Study in the Sociology of Science (Empirical Press, 2004).
Wasserman, Stanley and Faust, Katherine. Social network analysis methods and applications. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press; 1994.
Required software (free!):