Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2014 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Networks at Harvard University Sociology

  • Mark C. Pachucki
  • Kevin Lewis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6170-8_73


Analysis of social relations; Social interaction; Social network history



A data-partitioning technique to classify actors on the basis of their social ties to others

Vacancy Chain

A mobility process wherein one vacates a position (e.g., a job) and moves to a new one; meanwhile the newly vacant position is then filled by another

Network Sampling

Drawing a sample of individuals from a connected population of individuals presents unique challenges

Social Inequality

A primary area of sociological investigation; for network scholars, social connectedness plays a role in the production of unequal social status between individuals


The purpose of this entry is to describe some of the actors and circumstances that led to the Harvard University Department of Social Relations in the 1960s – and then the Department of Sociology in the 1970s – emerging as a critical site for research on social network analysis. This entry differs in some respects from prior...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark C. Pachucki
    • 1
  • Kevin Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, University of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA