Social Network Analysis: Methods and Examples prepares social science students to conduct their own social network analysis (SNA) by covering basic methodological tools along with illustrative examples from various fields. This innovative book takes a conceptual rather than a mathematical approach as it discusses the connection between what SNA methods have to offer and how those methods are used in research design, data collection, and analysis. Four substantive applications chapters provide examples from politics, work and organizations, mental and physical health, and crime and terrorism studies.

Social Network Analysis in Crime and Terrorism

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how social ability model and social inability model explain the connection between youth networks and juvenile delinquency
  • Discuss how social network scholars use various methods to separate effects of peer influence from peer selection in juvenile delinquency
  • Identify the three network characteristics in Robert Sampson and Byron Groves’s (1989) study that affected community crime and delinquency
  • Examine how, in social disorganization theory, non-network characteristics such as socioeconomic and demographic factors measured at the neighborhood level impact delinquency and crime in a neighborhood
  • Appraise Andrew Papachristos’s (2009) study of gang murders that highlighted the structured relations between gang members in gang violence
  • Examine network-based approaches in understanding the structure (including “key players”), evolution, and consequences of criminal networks
  • Demonstrate SNA’s applications ...
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