Tuesday, November 30, 2010

[FREE-FOOD] RAIN Seminar - Paolo Parigi, Stanford, Wed, Dec 1, 12:30-1:30pm

There should be food even though it's not stated.

The importance of ties

Paolo Parigi, Department of Sociology, Stanford

For sociologists, the ties that join individuals into relationships are the
result of social processes rather than being entities themselves. A social
network is therefore a representation for something that happens between individuals and that brings people together. Sometimes, however, social processes sever ties and produce an increase in the distance that separates individuals, ultimately generating isolation. In my talk I will first provide a few examples of social processes that generate ties and then I will advance a theoretical scenario for studying processes that instead decrease the number of ties. The positive examples of tie generation come from my work in the fields of political sociology and organization theory. The negative scenario of increasing isolation comes from my work on social network analysis. In presenting these examples, my goal is to stimulate the conversation between social scientists and computer scientists in the field of network analysis

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