Is social network analysis just measures and methods with no theory? We attempt to clarify some confusions, address some previous critiques and controversies surrounding the issues of structure, human agency, endogeneity, tie content, network change, and context, and add a few critiques of our own. We use these issues as an opportunity to discuss the fundamental characteristics of network theory and to provide our thoughts on opportunities for future research in social network analysis.
The authors are grateful to all contributing authors of this volume as well as members of the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis at the University of Kentucky. This work was funded in part by grant W911NF-13-C-0036 from the Army Research Office.
Borgatti, S.P., Brass, D.J. and Halgin, D.S. (2014), "Social Network Research: Confusions, Criticisms, and Controversies", Contemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 40), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X(2014)0000040001
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