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Gathering Social Network Data provides an important complement to existing books that focus on social network analysis, and offers more detailed coverage than is available in existing chapter-length treatments. In a single centralized source, author jimi adams provides: (1) a broad overview of the unique set of general principles underlying network data collection, and (2) guidance on many particular details needed for the application of these principles to particular research questions. As well as chapters on data collection methods, the book includes a chapter on data quality, and another on ethical considerations.

 
Series Editor's Introduction
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgements
 
1. Why Relationships?
Description, Network Theories, & Theories of Networks

 
Types of Ties

 
Outline of the Rest of the Book

 
 
2. Sampling & Measuring Network Ties
Network Measurement

 
Sampling Designs

 
The "Boundary Specification Problem"

 
 
3. Modes of Network Data Collection
Active Research Participants

 
Passive Data Collection

 
"Complex" Network Data

 
 
4. Ethical Considerations
Voluntary Participation & Informed Consent

 
Balancing Risks and Benefits

 
Using & Presenting Network Data

 
 
5. Data Quality: Assessment, Implications, & Improvements
Missing Data

 
Data Reliability and Validity

 
 
6. The Way Forward
 
Appendix I: Terms & Resources
List of Abbreviations

 
Glossary

 
Recommended Additional Resources

 
 
Appendix II: Network Data Formats
 
Appendix III: Existing Data
Sample Instruments

 
Data Repositories

 
 
References

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Why Relationships?


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