Chapter 7. Networks
Who do you regard as your best friends? How important are your friends and other social connections for your well-being, trust and for enforcing norms? These are questions about social networks. In the past decades, sociology has witnessed a tremendous increase in research on social networks. The aim of this meeting is to introduce you to this literature.
|Ch. 7 Overview||Social networks|
|Ch. 7.2||Personal networks|
|Ch. 7.4||Network density and transitivity|
|Ch. 7.5||The small-world phenomenon|
Power Point slides
- Chapter 7 lecture slides
- Chapter 7 definitions of key concepts
Test your knowledge
- Chapter 7 suggestions for further reading
Additional chapter resources
- Friendship paradox: learn more about this counterintuitive fact and why it matters in this great video.
- Personal networks: Why should we care about networks? Well, watch this video on why networks impact the spread of epidemics (here).
- Networks and social capital: the hidden influence of social networks explained by Prof. Christakis (here).