A Research Agenda for Social Networks and Social Resilience


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, Emeritus Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK and Department of Sociology, University of Groningen, Rafael P.M. Wittek, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 577 6 Extent: 316 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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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

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
Contributors: Michele L. Barnes, Paolo Campana, Dimitris Christopoulos, Kayla de la Haye, Lea Ellwardt, Manuel Fischer, G. Robin Gauthier, Isabelle Goldringer, Sandra González-Bailón, James Hollway, Karin Ingold, Clemens Kronenberg, 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 P.M. Wittek

Introduction to social networks and social resilience ix
Emmanuel Lazega, Rafael P.M. Wittek and Tom A.B. Snijders
1 Social networks and the resilience of marginalized
communities 1
Miranda J. Lubbers
2 Gender, social networks and resilience during the
COVID-19 pandemic 17
G. Robin Gauthier and Kelly L. Markowski
3 Social networks and resilience in work teams 31
Birgit Pauksztat
4 Social networks and resilience in emerging labor
markets 45
Paola Tubaro
5 Inter-ethnic relationships in social networks and
their effect on the resilience of ethnically diverse
societies 59
Tobias H. Stark and Verena Seibel
6 Ethnic diversity, social networks, and the social
resilience of schools 73
Clemens Kroneberg
7 Criminal networks and social resilience 87
Paolo Campana
8 A framework for resilience of and in international
networks 101
James Hollway
9 Resilience in political networks 115
Karin Ingold, Dimitris Christopoulos and Manuel Fischer
10 Protest networks, mobilization, and resilience 131
Isabelle Langrock and Sandra González-Bailón
11 Resilience of socio-semantic bubbles 145
Camille Roth
12 Food systems between resilience and change:
a social network analysis perspective 165
Laura Prota
13 Social networks to support food and nutrition
security: a case study in the United States 181
Kayla de la Haye
14 The importance of seed circulation networks in
the resilience of seed systems 197
Mathieu Thomas, Christian Leclerc, Isabelle
Goldringer, Baptiste Rouger, Vanesse Labeyrie
and Sélim Louafi
15 Community resilience under rural development
projects and technocratic interventions: agenda
for social network research 211
Petr Matous
16 The social safety net: implications for resilience in
old age 223
Lea Ellwardt
17 Spatial opportunity structures for resilient social
networks: the role of architectural and urban form 239
Kerstin Sailer and Xiaoming Li
18 An integrative network approach for
understanding resilience to environmental change 257
Michele L. Barnes

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