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Revisiting Bott to connect the dots: an exploration of the methodological origins of social network analysis

Jones, Alasdair (2018) Revisiting Bott to connect the dots: an exploration of the methodological origins of social network analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19 (2). ISSN 1438-5627

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Identification Number: 10.17169/fqs-19.2.2905

Abstract

Against a backdrop of a growing interest in qualitative and mixed-method approaches to social network analysis (SNA) and the exploration of ego-networks, in this article I revisit the pioneering urban families research of the social anthropologist and psychoanalyst Elizabeth Bott (1971 [1957]) in the mid-twentieth century. While Bott's work has been widely recognized as formative for contemporary approaches to, and concepts in, SNA, her methodological practice has been under-explored. In the discussion that follows I therefore seek first to precis the methods of data collection and analysis employed by Bott with a view to distilling insights for current practice. In addition, I analyze the approach to research design taken by Bott in order to better understand how the social networks innovation her work heralded was realized.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/...
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 13:56
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 10:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87254

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