Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2014 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Demographic, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Community Structure in Social Networks

  • Pablo Mateos
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6170-8_224



Community (in Network Analysis)

A subnetwork within a larger network that presents a significantly higher density of internal links (within links) than external ones (between links)


Real or putative common ancestry, memories of a shared past, and a cultural focus upon one or more symbolic elements which define a group's identity, such as kinship, religion, language, shared territory, nationality, or physical appearance (Bulmer 1996)


The study of population characteristics and dynamics (births, deaths, gender, age, geographic distribution, and movement)


Literally “love of the same.” In social studies is the tendency of individuals to relate with similar others


Demographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic structure


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Recommended Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Mateos
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  1. 1.Department of Geography, University College London (UCL)LondonUK