The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis

(2023) London, UK: SAGE

John McLevey

University of Waterloo

John Scott

Plymouth University

Peter J Carrington

University of Waterloo


October 1, 2023


This new edition of The Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis builds on the success of its predecessor, offering a comprehensive overview of social network analysis produced by leading international scholars in the field.

Brand new chapters provide both significant updates to topics covered in the first edition, as well as discussing cutting edge topics that have developed since, including new chapters on (1) general issues such as social categories and computational social science; (2) applications in contexts such as environmental policy, gender, ethnicity, cognition and social media and digital networks; and (3) concepts and methods such as centrality, blockmodeling, multilevel network analysis, spatial analysis, data collection, and beyond.

By providing authoritative accounts of the history, theories and methodology of various disciplines and topics, the second edition of The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis is designed to provide a state-of-the-art presentation of classic and contemporary views, and to lay the foundations for the further development of the area.


Chapter 1 | Introduction
John Scott, John McLevey, and Peter Carrington


Chapter 2 | Introducing Social Network Analysis
Christina Prell and David R. Schaefer

Chapter 3 | Social Networks and Social Categories
Ronald Breiger and Robin Wagner-Pacifici

Chapter 4 | Social Networks and Computational Social Science
James Kitts, Helene Grogan, and Kevin Lewis

Chapter 5 | Social Networks and Relational Sociology
Ann Mische and Jan Fuhse


Chapter 6 | Social-ecological Networks
Örjan Bodin

Chapter 7 | The Evolution of Environmental Policy Network Analysis
Tyler A. Scott, Mark Lubell, and Gwen Arnold

Chapter 8 | Health Behaviours and Outcomes
Kayla de la Haye

Chapter 9 | Political and Policy Networks
Mario Diani

Chapter 10 | Social Movements and Collective Action
David Tindall

Chapter 11 | Gender and Social Networks
Elisa Bellotti

Chapter 12 | Why can’t we be friends? Understanding ethnic relations through network analysis
Rochelle Cote

Chapter 13 | Culture and Networks
Omar Lizardo

Chapter 14 | Semantic and Cultural Networks
Sarah Shugars and Sandra González-Bailón

Chapter 15 | Cognition and Social Networks
Matthew E. Brashears and Victoria Money

Chapter 16 | Scientific Networks
Donghyun Kang and James Evans

Chapter 17 | Crime and Networks
Marie Ouellet and Logan Ledford

Chapter 18 | Historical Network Analysis: Two Problems of Scale
Ian Kumekawa

Chapter 19 | The Paradoxes of Behavior Change and the New Science of Network Diffusion
Damon Centola

Chapter 20 | Network Interventions: Using Social Networks to Accelerate Diffusion of Innovations
Thomas W. Valente

Chapter 21 | Social Media and Digital Networks
Anabel Quan-Haase, Lyndsay Foisey, and Riley McLaughlin

Chapter 22 | Social Capital
Beate Völker

Chapter 23 | Social Support
Lijun Song and Zhe Zhang

Chapter 24 | Corporate Networks
William K. Carroll, Jouke Huijzer and J. P. Sapinski


Chapter 25 | International Trade Networks
Christina Prell, James Hollway, Petr Matous, Yasuyuki Todo

Chapter 26 | Centrality
Martin Everett and Steve Borgatti

Chapter 2 | Structural Cohesion and Cohesive Groups
James Moody and Peter J. Mucha

Chapter 28 | Multimodal Social Network Analysis
Lorien Jasny

Chapter 29 | Blockmodeling, Positions and Roles
Patrick Doreian, Anuška Ferligoj, and Vladimir Batagelj

Chapter 30 | Inferential Network Clustering with Hierarchical Bayesian Stochastic Blockmodels
Pierson Browne, Tyler Crick, and John McLevey

Chapter 31 | Personal Networks and Egocentric Analysis
Brea Perry, Adam Roth, and Mario Small

Chapter 32 | Multilevel Network Analysis
Emmanuel Lazega & Peng Wang

Chapter 33 | Exponential Random Graph Models
Johan Koskinen

Chapter 4 | Network Dynamics
Tom A.B. Snijders and Christian E.G. Steglich

Chapter 3 | Relational Event Models
Aaron Schecter and Noshir Contractor

Chapter 36 | Latent Position Network Models
Hardeep Kaur, Riccardo Rastelli, Nial Friel, and Adrian E. Raftery

Chapter 37 | Negative Ties and Signed Networks
Filip Agneessens

Chapter 38 | Qualitative and Mixed Methods
Betina Hollstein

Chapter 39 | Spatial Analysis of Social Networks
John R. Hipp

Chapter 40 | Social Network Data Collection: Principles and Modalities
jimi adams and Miranda Lubbers

Chapter 41 | Missing Network Data
Robert W. Krause and Mark Huisman

Chapter 42 | Scientific Software for Network Analysis
Pierson Browne, Adam Howe, Yasmin Koop-Monteiro, Yixi Yang, and John McLevey


BibTeX citation:
  author = {McLevey, John and Scott, John and J Carrington, Peter},
  publisher = {SAGE},
  title = {The {SAGE} {Handbook} of {Social} {Network} {Analysis}},
  date = {2023-10-01},
  address = {London, UK},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
McLevey, John, John Scott, and Peter J Carrington. 2023. The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis. London, UK: SAGE.