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Population in the Human SciencesConcepts, Models, Evidence$
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Philip Kreager, Bruce Winney, Stanley Ulijaszek, and Cristian Capelli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688203.001.0001

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The Social and the Sexual

The Social and the Sexual

networks in contemporary demographic research

(p.196) Chapter 7 The Social and the Sexual
Population in the Human Sciences

Hans-Peter Kohler

Stéphane Helleringer

Jere R. Behrman

Susan C. Watkins

Oxford University Press

The analysis of networks has become an important theme in contemporary demographic research in both developed and developing countries, including investigations of the determinants of fertility behaviours, the interaction between social network and social structures and population policies, the role of intergenerational networks in ageing societies, and the relevance for sexual networks for the spread of HIV/AIDS. This chapter reviews the current research on networks across several domains in demographic research, and discusses some of the specific challenges of network-based approaches with respect to data collection, analytic approaches and methodologies, interpretation of results, and micro-to-macro aggregation. It draws on research conducted as part of the Kenyan Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (KDICP), the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH), and the Likoma Network Study (LNS).

Keywords:   social networks, intergenerational networks, sexual networks, diffusion, AIDS, ageing, Kenya, Malawi

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