Network Analysis and Ethnographic Problems: Process Models of a Turkish Nomad Clan

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Social Science - 496 pages
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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 approach alters in fundamental ways the anthropological concepts of social structure, organizational dynamics, social cohesion, marriage strategies, as well as the study of community politics within the dynamics of ongoing personal interaction.
 

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Contents

Introduction Networks Ethnography and Emergence
1
Problems of Analysis
59
Ethnographic Setting
97
Theories Rules and Exceptions
111
Network Models and Complexity Measures Graphs and Context
127
Clan Structures and Dynamics
165
Marriage Rank and Seasonal Migration Fractality in Social Structure
225
Demographic Structure and Social Change
295
Graphic Approaches to Nomad Solidarity The Endoconical Clan
377
Conclusions
407
Glossary
441
The Nomad Genealogical Data and the WWW
467
Bibliography
473
Index of Authors
489
Index of Subjects
493
About the Authors
497

Decentralized Leadership and Network Cohesion
321

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Douglas White is Professor of Anthropology and Social Networks at the University of California, Irvine. Ulla Johansen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cologne, Germany.

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