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1277. sredin seminar: D. Maltseva: Network analysis of biographical interviews with Soviet and Russian Sociologists

Date: 3. 10. 2017
Source: Computer mathematics seminar (Wednesday seminar)
Sreda, 4. oktober 2017, od 18:15 do 19:45, predavalnica 3.04, FMF, Jadranska 21, LJ
In contemporary studies of science and scientific knowledge scientific communities analyzed through the prism of different concepts such as “scientific field”, “collaboration network”, “invisible college” which emphasizes the social nature of scientific cooperation. It is quite difficult to uncover existing formal or informal ties between scientist directly (i.e. to confirm its presence on the behalf of involved subjects), that is why such studies are usually based on the use of indirect indicators -- joint publications or projects, participation in conferences.
In this study we attempt to consider the process of tie formation on the basis of information received from the scientists themselves. The empirical base of the study is a dataset of biographical interviews, collected in the project of Boris Doktorov, which is aimed to analysis of the history of Russian sociology. On the current stage of the project this dataset includes more than 150 interviews with Soviet and Russian sociologists. In the future, it can be supplemented by data from other sources, containing biographical information.
The main purpose of the study is to reconstruct networks of interactions between the key figures of the Soviet and Russian sociology. The study will examine the different types of formal and informal networks (for example, based on ties between colleagues, friends, teachers and students). This will provide an additional basis for the allocation of generations of Russian sociologists, and will help us to trace the history of the development of sociology in the USSR and Russia.
In the presentation, we will present the model we use to combine the structural analysis of data with its qualitative characteristics, such as relational contexts, modality of ties and temporality, on the example of ego network of one Soviet sociologist Tatyana Zaslavskaya.