Paper session: Social networks and geography

SUNBELT XXXIII – 21-26 May 2013 – Hamburg

Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2012



Dimitris Christopoulos, MODUL University Vienna

Céline Rozenblat, University of Lausanne

Christophe Sohn, Public Research Centre CEPS, Luxembourg



Until recently, most SNA research has been conducted without any reference to the spatiality of the networks under examination. The inclusion of space and its effects is relatively new and is becoming a growing concern among SNA research. The spatial dimension of social networks is however mainly assessed through the geographic location of actors/nodes and the distance that separates them. While spatial propinquity is likely to affect the probability of a tie, this relates to physical space conceptualised as isotropic. Or, in many cases, social networks are embedded in geographic space characterized by its anisotropy and its heterogeneity. Besides distance, there are other spatial effects that are likely to affect social interactions like boundaries and limits or functional spatial systems (“territories”), spatial heterogeneity/inequality or place attributes (“sense of place”). This session aims to bring together contributions that question the spatiality of networks and address the inclusion of different spatialand territorial effects in the analysis of social ties.

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Please note that the abstract submission deadline for abstracts is set to the 31 December 2012.