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Network Analysis and Ethnographic Problems : Process Models of a Turkish Nomad Clan - Douglas R. White

Network Analysis and Ethnographic Problems

Process Models of a Turkish Nomad Clan

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Using network visualization and the study of the dynamics of marriage choices, Network Analysis and Ethnographic Problems expands the theory of social practice to show how changes in the structure of a society's kinship network affect the development of social cohesion over time. Using the genealogical networks of a Turkish nomad clan, authors Douglas White and Ulla Johansen explore how changes in network cohesion are revealed to be indicative of key processes of social change.

This book presents a brilliant example of the application of network analysis to kinship...The applied value of this study cannot be overestimated because kin structures still play important social (and sometimes political) roles in many societies...This pioneering study establishes methodology that will be in demand in anthropology, political science, economics, legal studies, and Middle Eastern studies. -- Audrey Korotayev, research fellow, Oriental Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences Network analysis, as White has been developing it and as he and Johansen apply it here, is not just one technique or method but a whole armamentarium of them, united under a system of general and powerful conceptions of social organization as such. It is such an enormous advance over what anthropologists called network analysis in the 1960s and 70s that it is almost a type of negative advertising to call it by the same name, yet there is a connection. White and Johansen actually deliver what those analyses promised-and then keep going. -- Murray J. Leaf, University of Texas at Dallas [W]hat could be the most important book in anthropology in fifty years begins with an introduction to network analysis in relation to ethnography, providing a succinct history of network thinking including very recent developments in various disciplines about network topology and dynamics... In addition to its contribution to our understanding kinship theory in a quite new way, this book makes an outstanding contribution by reintroducing ethnographers to the network perspective... The authors point outthat 'taking a network path to coding and analysis' in ethnography leads to the ability to understand the emergence of social structural phenomena that would otherwise remain unobserved... Whether the reader is interested in kinship, in economics, in politics or history, this book should be considered must reading.. International Journal of Middle East Studies This book shows how network analysis can usefully illuminate complex ethnographic situations that result from long term fieldwork in ways that go beyond the intuitive results of functionalism, (social) structuralism and practice theory. -- Nelson Graburn, University of California, Berkeley [W]hat could be the most important book in anthropology in fifty years begins with an introduction to network analysis in relation to ethnography, providing a succinct history of network thinking including very recent developments in various disciplines about network topology and dynamics... In addition to its contribution to our understanding kinship theory in a quite new way, this book makes an outstanding contribution by reintroducing ethnographers to the network perspective... The authors point out that 'taking a network path to coding and analysis' in ethnography leads to the ability to understand the emergence of social structural phenomena that would otherwise remain unobserved... Whether the reader is interested in kinship, in economics, in politics or history, this book should be considered must reading. International Journal of Middle East Studies

Foreword
Introduction : networks, ethnography, and emergencep. 1
Problems of analysisp. 59
Ethnographic settingp. 97
Theories, rules, exceptions, and modelsp. 111
Network models and complexity : measures, graphs, and sensitivity to contextp. 127
Clan structures and dynamicsp. 165
Marriage, rank and seasonal migration : fractality in social structurep. 225
Demographic choice and constraint : historical structure and changep. 293
Decentralized leadership and network cohesionp. 321
Graphic approaches to nomad solidarity : the endo-conical clanp. 377
Overview and conclusionsp. 408
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ISBN: 9780739108963
ISBN-10: 0739108964
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 10th December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.0  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.83