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Encyclopedia of Social Networks by George A. Barnett
  

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Encyclopedia of Social Networks by George A. Barnett

This two-volume encyclopedia provides a thorough introduction to the wide-ranging, fast-developing field of social networking, a much-needed resource at a time when new social networks or communities seem to spring up on the internet every day. Social networks, or groupings of individuals tied by one or more specific types of interests or interdependencies ranging from likes and dislikes, or disease transmission to the old boy network or overlapping circles of friends, have been in existence for longer than services such as Facebook or YouTube; analysis of these networks emphasizes the relationships within the network. The Encyclopedia of Social Networks offers comprehensive coverage of the theory and research within the social sciences that has sprung from the analysis of such groupings, with accompanying definitions, measures, and research. Featuring approximately 350 signed entries, along with approximately 40 media clips, organized alphabetically and offering cross-references and suggestions for further readings, this encyclopedia opens with a thematic reader's guide in the front that groups related entries by topics. A chronology offers the reader historical perspective on the study of social networks. This two-volume reference work is a must-have resource for libraries serving researchers interested in the various fields related to social networks, including sociology, social psychology and communication and media studies.

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Barnett focuses on types of social organizational structures and their different ways of functioning in a broad survey of networks past and present...From 'AARP
to

'zines,'
the set covers a vast array of fields and topics and is current enough to include references to roles played by social media in the 2011 uprisings in Northern Africa. The online version of this title features color illustrations, dozens of media clips, and at least a capacity for regular updates.

-- John Peters * Library Journal *


About the Author

George A. Barnett received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Illinois, in Sociology, and his Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University (1976).

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Publication date

7th September 2011

Author

George A. Barnett

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
Contains 2 Hardbacks
1112 pages

Categories

Social interaction
Reference works

ISBN

9781412979115

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