- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores dynamic networks and diffusion, with particular emphasis on evolving traces of enacted social relations. It begins with a review of models for the evolution of networks over time — making a distinction between ‘node-based’ and ‘edge-based’ models — and more specifically how and why networks change. It then considers how network timing affects the flow of things across networks, focusing on how edge timing reshapes the set of paths potentially useful for diffusion. It also discusses the structure requirements for network diffusion and shows how these requirements are affected when we assume edges come and go over time. Finally, it describes the effect of tie order on diffusion potential as well as the correlation between network evolution and diffusion.
James Moody is Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, where he recently moved after teaching for seven years at Ohio State University. He attained his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. An expert in network analysis, he has written extensively about the implications of social network structure for health and social organization. With Peter Bearman and Katherine Stovel, Moody co-authored ‘Chains of Affection: The Structure of Adolescent Romantic and Sexual Networks,’ which received the Gould Prize for the best paper published in the American Journal of Sociology in 2004.
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