Telling network stories: researching migrants’ changing social relations in places over time

Ryan, Louise (2020) Telling network stories: researching migrants’ changing social relations in places over time. Global Networks, 21 (3). pp. 567-584. ISSN 1471-0374

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This article is situated at the nexus of migration research and qualitative social network analysis (SNA). While migration scholars often engage with networks simply as metaphors, I go further by examining how a thorough engagement with qualitative SNA can contribute to migration research in at least three key ways. First, exploring changing relational ties over time and across different places, including transnationally, I demonstrate that qualitative SNA offers new insights into how migrants make sense of these dynamic relationships. Second, following Dahinden (2016), I examine how using networks as a data collection method can help to unsettle the a priori ethnic lens in researching migration. Moreover, building on the pioneering work of network scholars such as Mische and White, I aim to make a methodological contribution by analysing how social networks are co-constructed as stories and pictures in research encounters.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnic lens; migration; qualitative social network analysis; sociograms; stories; transnationality
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Louise Ryan
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 09:38
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 11:09


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