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A Research Agenda for Social Networks and Social Resilience

9781803925776 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Emmanuel Lazega, Department of Sociology, Sciences Po, CSO-CNRS, IUF, France, Tom A.B. Snijders and Rafael P.M. Wittek, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Publication Date: November 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 577 6 Extent: c 272 pp
This cutting-edge Research Agenda demonstrates how social network analysis can be used to address problems of social resilience and advance knowledge and policy intervention in the face of the existential crises that threaten our contemporary societies.

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This cutting-edge Research Agenda demonstrates how social network analysis can be used to address problems of social resilience and advance knowledge and policy intervention in the face of the existential crises that threaten our contemporary societies.

Highlighting the role of social networks in supporting social resilience, contributions from experienced and innovative thinkers across the social sciences encourage readers to think in network terms about issues of social change and survival in situations of vulnerability. Chapters apply innovative social network thinking and analyses to a diverse range of existential societal challenges, including marginalized communities, emerging labour markets, governments, food systems, educational establishments, online social media, and the environment. The book further advances critical research frontiers that will inform the building of more resilient societies and ecosystems and ultimately strengthen our capacity to project ourselves into the future.

Combining network-based critical analysis with in-depth knowledge of policy design and intervention, this dynamic Research Agenda will be an essential tool for postgraduate students carrying out research in the social sciences. Its provision of state-of-the-art research agendas in eighteen vital domains of social life will benefit analysts and consultants designing, implementing, and evaluating policy in these areas.
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‘A stimulating read that has left me – as any good book on a developing topic should – with more questions raised than answered. Its mix of perspectives is truly inspiring because it is unusually rich and still necessarily incomplete.’
– Ulrik Brandes, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

‘This timely book persuasively illustrates the importance of a social network perspective in unpacking, understanding and improving social resilience at this critical point in our history. With contributions from a diversity of expert social network scholars, this is a must-read for anyone looking to understand social resilience and enact social change.’
– Dean Lusher, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

‘Climate change, pandemics, misinformation, food and natural resource scarcity and mass migration all pose existential threats to the stability of social systems. Resilience as a context-transcending concept is an exciting idea, and this book's proposal to use network analysis as a unifying method and common language for studying it makes total sense.’
– Arnout van de Rijt, European University Institute, Italy

‘If you are one of the many people now interested in the topic of “resilience,” this is a book of perspectives you will want to read. The chapters are independent explorations of how the social network around a person or group affects resilience — and few things matter as much as the people around us for who is held down versus who is response enabled. The introductory overview chapter is a gem. I have my favorites among the chapters, but that just reflects my own thinking. This book is much broader than that, so I do not offer what could be taken as invidious applause. Let me just say that the book is a seedbed of promising ideas; so many new directions for research. Bravo to editors and authors.’
– Ronald Burt, Bocconi University, Italy and University of Chicago, US
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Contributors include: Michele L. Barnes, Paolo Campana, Dimitris Christopoulos, Kayla de la Haye, Lea Ellwardt, Manuel Fischer, Eawag, G. Robin Gauthier, Isabelle Goldringer, Sandra González-Bailón, James Hollway, Clemens Kronenberg, Karin Ingold, Vanesse Labeyrie, Isabelle Langrock, Emmanuel Lazega, Christian Leclerc, Xiaoming Li, Sélim Louafi, Miranda Lubbers, Kelly L. Markowski, Petr Matous, Birgit Pauksztat, Laura Prota, Camille Roth, Baptiste Rouger, Kerstin Sailer, Verena Seibel, Tom A.B. Snijders, Tobias H. Stark, Mathieu Thomas, Paola Tubaro, Rafael Wittek
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