Ideas about social structure and social networks are very old. People have always believed that biological and social links among individuals are important. But it wasn’t until the early 1930s that systematic research that explored the patterning of social ties linking individuals emerged. And it emerged, not once, but several times in several different social science fields and in several places. This book reviews these developments and explores the social processes that wove all these “schools” of network analysis together into a single coherent approach.
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