Encyclopedia of Social Networks
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Encyclopedia of Social Networks

  • George A. Barnett - University of California, Davis, USA, University of California, Davis


© 2011 | 1 112 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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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 . This reference resource 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.

"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
Key features
  • This e-reference work (with a 2-volume print version) contains approximately 350 signed entries with cross-references and suggestions for further readings, along with approximately 40 media clips.
  • Although organized in A-to-Z fashion, a thematic Reader's Guide in the front matter groups related entries by topic.
  • The cross-references, Reader's Guide, and a comprehensive index combine within the electronic version to provide robust search and browse capabilities, making it easy for students to search for specific and related topics.
  • A Chronology in the front matter provid­es students with historical perspective on the study of social networks.

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