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Epistemic and methodological aspects of network analysis

Author(s): Şandru, C.

Journal: Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Braşov, Series VII : Social Sciences and Law
ISSN 2066-7701

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 63;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Relational paradigm | Social network | Interaction | Structure | Social relation

In this article I present a synthesis of some fundamental works in the field of social networks and try to highlight key concepts, propositions and methodological elements that make up the foundation of this approach to social realities. In the first part I present the main propositions of the relational paradigm as a distinct paradigm in sociology. In the second part I show which were the first attempts to study the society in relational terms. The last part of the paper highlights the operational concepts most frequently used in social network analysis. The main reason for writing this article comes from poor use of this approach in the Romanian sociology.
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