Social Network Research: Confusions, Criticisms, and Controversies

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This 2014 article focuses on some of the key issues that exist in current research on network theory and Social Network Analysis (SNA). The authors attempt to clarify some of the confusions, and address some previous critiques and controversies surrounding the issues of structure, human agency, endogeneity, tie content, network change, and context. They use these issues and critiques as an opportunity to discuss the fundamental characteristics of network theory and SNA. The authors additionally provide their insights on opportunities for future research in SNA and further add some critiques of their own.

This article will be of use to researchers and practitioners interested in SNA and network theory and particularly understanding the debates that exist in current research. It provides a useful foundation for future research in these areas. 

Stephen P. Borgatti, Daniel J. Brass, Daniel S. Halgin

2014