Objectifying social structures

Autor(en)
Katja Mayer
Abstrakt

Social network analysis offers a broad range of formal and interpretative methodologies to deal with social structures, not only by discursive, but also by visual means. Sociograms, depicting social relations as nodes and lines, have played an important part in the reification of social structures since the beginnings of sociometry. This paper brings together two strands of analysis: first, a historical perspective on the development of social network visualization; and, second, exemplary stories of black-boxed technologies that inform not only the depiction, but also the interpretation of social networks. The article aims to reflect upon scientific construction of social structures as knowledge that is appropriated by society not least owing to its easy handling as tool and interface. Drawing social networks is regarded as social technology and therefore as an application within the realms of social engineering.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung
Journal
Theory & Psychology
Band
22
Seiten
162-178
Anzahl der Seiten
17
ISSN
0959-3543
DOI
https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.49591
Publikationsdatum
01-2012
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
Wissenschaftsforschung, Technikforschung
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
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Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/objectifying-social-structures(fa0c3a83-f44e-430a-9ef3-ba18d45d8d5e).html