What Else Do We Want to Know about Social Networks?

Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks Workshop, University of California, Santa Barbara, Center for Spatial Studies, 13-14 December 2010

Maureen O’Mara and Sally Schulz

“What is common to all networks and what is unique to particular network types? Are we looking at the sorts of networks that matter? Can we answer questions about membership dynamics in significant types of networks?

“Humans live in relation to each other. Sometimes they live in strong relationship, sometimes in weak relationship. Families, friendships, business partnerships, transnational organizations, political parties, clans and tribes, swim teams, charities, drug cartels, and organized crime are all forms of human relatedness, ensuring that the members of these networks are more strongly tied to each other in some time and place than to other networks at the same time and place.”