Comps readings this week
Garvey, W. D. (1979). Communication, the essence of science: Facilitating information exchange among librarians, scientists, engineers, and students. New York: Pergamon Press.
Over all, seems like a digested version of his papers, which I've already read. There were some new things about how and when librarians can/should get in on the action...
Read chapters 1-6 of
Monge, P. R., & Contractor, N. S. (2003). Theories of communication networks. New York: Oxford University Press.
I initially had Wasserman & Faust on my reading list, but my committee members thought this would be better - wow, they're right! This sort of handwaves at the actual SNA measures, but is all about the various social theories and how they are investigated using SNA metrics (ah-ha, a missing piece). I've read a few of the papers mentioned, but this really just puts everything in one spot. When I started the first chapter - I was like blah, blah, blah - world is flat, emergence, complexity, globalization, yadda, yadda... and then, all of a sudden, they drop the names of like 15 major theories and then tell you what hypotheses and how to test them. So reading speed has been uneven :) I might either in next week's post or as a separate post list some of the theories. The authors' main contribution is a multitheoretical, multilevel framework - something to do when your theory with dyads conflicts with your theory for the global network, for example.
Off to read chp7...