Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of Agency Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of Agencyl

  • Emirbayer M
  • Goodwin J
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JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact Network analysis is one of the most promising currents in sociologi-cal research, and yet it has never been subjected to a theoretically informed assessment and critique. This article outlines the theoreti-cal presuppositions of network analysis. It also distinguishes be-tween three different (implicit) models in the network literature of the interrelations of social structure, culture, and human agency. It concludes that only a strategy for historical explanation that syn-thesizes social structural and cultural analysis can adequately ex-plain the formation, reproduction, and transformation of networks themselves. The article sketches the broad contours of such a theo-retical synthesis in the conclusion. Recent years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful new approach

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  • Mustafa Emirbayer

  • Jeff Goodwin

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