Networks in Society

Networks in Society

Links and Language

by Robert Stocker and Terry Bossomaier

“Stocker and Bossomaier chose ‘Links and Language’ as a thought-provoking and unique perspective to bring this volume together. If social ties are the basis for social networks, communication and language are the fundamental enablers for establishing social ties.”

Prof. Hussein Abbass, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814316286
  • Subject: General Social Science
  • Published: February 2014
  • Pages: 226

Our understanding of networks, especially human social networks, has been quite remarkable over the last decade, but equally remarkable is how the networks themselves have been evolving, driven in part by the many new tools in cyberspace. Social groups differentiate themselves more and more by linguistic twists and turns, new words, slight variations in grammatical usage — the not-so-cool phenomenon.

This book covers three broad areas: technical fundamentals, complexity and social networks, and communication and language. The objective of the book is to raise readers’ interest in social networks in general, the importance of language in the emergence and maintenance of networks in particular, the integral patterns of interconnectivity, and the means to measure and model social structure. It presents a broad range of ideas from several fields of research endeavor. It also explores social networks and their integration with communication and language, thereby providing a discussion of relevant theory, modeling, metrics, and application to business, natural resource management, and technology.