Potentialities and limitations of network analysis methodologies: a theoretical model focused on the Social Sciences

  • Francisco Conrado Filho Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade, Universidade do Minho
  • Luís António Santos Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade, Universidade do Minho

Resumo

This paper explores the potentialities and limitations of network analysis, not only as a methodological tool that may be used in Social Science research but also as a separate discipline, with its own well-tested theories. Providing a framework for the use of network analysis involves discussing the role that it can play in understanding objects using a field that is sometimes accused of being too technical. Despite the fact that it has increased in popularity over recent years, driven by new communication technologies and especially social media channels, network analysis has a much broader use, and we therefore aim to demonstrate some innovative approaches that may be used in Social Science research. Finally, because it is an interdisciplinary methodology, we discuss some of the associated risks and biases.

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Publicado
2018-06-29
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Filho, F. C., & Santos, L. A. (2018). Potentialities and limitations of network analysis methodologies: a theoretical model focused on the Social Sciences. Comunicação E Sociedade, 33, 199-214. https://doi.org/10.17231/comsoc.33(2018).2914

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