Who are my people? Strengths and limitations of ego-centered network analysis: A case illustration from the Family tiMes survey

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serval:BIB_76F8E8FCBEF6
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Who are my people? Strengths and limitations of ego-centered network analysis: A case illustration from the Family tiMes survey
Journal
FORS Working Paper Series
Author(s)
Aeby Gaëlle
ISSN-L
1663-523X
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2016
Number
2
Pages
NA
Language
english
Abstract
This article examines the potential of using ego- centered networks with a case illustration drawn from the Swiss survey Family Trajectories and Social Networks: A Configurational Perspective of the Life Course (Family tiMes) . It addresses the strengths and limitations of ego -centered network analysis based on name generators by using personal networks of individuals living in Switzerland composed of alters perceived as “very important.” In the first section, we put ego -centered networks int o perspective with regard to other types of networks , different generators to collect them , frequent biases associated to them and their utilization in Swiss studies. In the second section, three issues are briefly explored: the composition of personal net works to assess what types of ties are especi ally important for individuals, the tenden cy toward educational homophily, and the exchanges of emotional support occurring among network members . We show how to create a typology of personal networks, measure educational homophily, compute network structure indicators, and integrate them into regressions.
Keywords
network analysis, ego -centered networks , name generator, Switzerland
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