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IFCO 2430 - Sociology of social networks

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies

Pre-requisite

None

Course Description

This course provides a sociological perspective on the phenomenal emergence, in contemporary societies, of social network databases (online and offline) and analyses. It looks at how a variety of individual and organizational actors (business, political parties, civil society, police, military, etc.) use these network data and network analyses for many different purposes. The general perspective is based on a neo-structural theory combining the relational capital of individuals and the social capital of collective actors in society.

Teachers

  • LAMBERT, Isaac (Etudiant doctorant à Sciences Po)
  • LAZEGA, Emmanuel (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Course validation

Take the midterm exam and team up to write a critical essay. Grading weights: Midterm exam: 50%, Critical essay: 50%.

Required reading

  • Flap, H. (2002), "No man is an island", in O.Favereau and E.Lazega (eds), Conventions and Structures in Economic Organization. Markets, Networks and Hierarchies. Chletenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Lazer, D. and Radford, J. (forthcoming, 2017), "Data ex Machina: Introduction to Big Data". Annual Review of Sociology
  • Burt, R.S. (2005), Brokerage and closure: An introduction to social capital, Oxford University Press, chapters 1 and 3.
  • Ingram, P. and Roberts, P.W. (2000), "Friendship among competitors in the Sydney hotel industry", American Journal of Sociology, 106: 387-423
  • Lazega, E., Quintane, E. & Casenaz, S. (2016), "Collegial Oligarchy and Networks of Normative Alignments in Transnational Institution Building: The Case of the European Unified Patent Court", Social Networks, 48:10-22

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Week 1: Interdependencies and relationships in organizational societies

  • Flap, H. (2002), "No man is an island", in O.Favereau & E.Lazega (eds), Conventions and Structures in Economic Organization. Markets, Networks and Hierarchies. Chletenham: Edward Elgar.

Week 2: Basics of social network analysis

  • White, H.C., Boorman, S.A. & Breiger, R.L. (1976), "Social structure from multiple networks, I. Blockmodels of roles and positions", American Journal of Sociology, 81:730-80.

Week 3: Relationships and interactions in (big and small) social network data as a new global phenomenon

  • Parigi, Paolo (forthcoming), "Overview of Computational Social Science and Networks", in R.Light & Moody, J. (eds), Handbook of Social Networks, Oxford University Press

Week 3: Networking: virtual and physical social networks

  • Lazer, D. & Radford, J. (2017), "Data ex Machina: Introduction to Big Data". Annual Review of Sociology, 43, 19-39

Week 4: Networks, performance, competitive advantage and inequalities

  • Burt, R.S. (2005), Brokerage and closure: An introduction to social capital, Oxford University Press, chapters 1 and 3.

Week 5: Social networks, solidarities and exclusions: the case of health

  • Smith, K. P. & Christakis, N. A. (2008), "Social networks and health", Annual Review of Sociology,34:405-429.

Week 6: Social networks, socialization, deviance, and social control

  • Malm, A., Schoepfer, A., Bichler, G. & Boyd, N. (2013), "Pushing the Ponzi: The rise and fall of a network fraud", in C.Morselli (ed), Crime and Networks. New York: Routledge

Week 7: Social networks, politics and government

  • Lazer, D. & Wojcik, S. (2017), "Political Networks and Computational Social Science". In J.N.Victor, A.H.Montgomery & M.Lubell (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, Oxford University Press

Week 8: Social networks, learning and ignorance

  • Lazega, E. (2014), "Appropriateness and Structure in Organizations: Secondary Socialization Through Dynamics of Advice Networks and Weak Culture", in D. Brass & al. (eds.), Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 40, 377-398

Week 9: Social networks in work, organizations and careers

  • Bensaou, B., Galunic, C. & Jonczyk, C. (2014). "Players and purists: Networking strategies and agency of service professionals", Organization Science, 25: 29-56

Week 10: Social networks in business, markets, entrepreneurship and innovation

  • Ingram, P. & Roberts, P.W. (2000), "Friendship among competitors in the Sydney hotel industry", American Journal of Sociology, 106: 387-423

Week 11: Social networks, civil society, social movements and mobilizations

  • Lazega, E., Quintane, E. & Casenaz, S. (2016), "Collegial Oligarchy and Networks of Normative Alignments in Transnational Institution Building: The Case of the European Unified Patent Court", Social Networks, 48:10-22

Week 12: Summary, conclusion and discussion