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Title (Primary) A visual network perspective on social interaction and space: Using Net-Map and VennMaker in participatory social-spatial research
Author Lelong, B.; Stark, M.; Hauck, J.; Leuenberger, T.; Thronicker, I.;
Journal Europa Regional
Year 2017
Department UPOL;
Volume 23. 2015(2016)
Issue 2
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T12;
Keywords Visual research methods; participatory methods; social network analysis; mixed methods; constitution of space; transition town movement; world music
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract

Various network paradigm approaches are increasing in significance in the field of social-spatial sciences. In recent times, scholars engaged in research related to spatia/features have more frequently grasped and explained social structures and discourses using an analytical network perspective. A relatively young strand of Social Network Analysis (SNA) is Visual Network Research, which uses network maps to gather and analyse social relationships, mostly using participative methods. This article discusses the specific possibilities and challenges that emerge by applying a visual network perspective in socialspatial sciences. Therefore, two different tools for visual data collection are introduced by presenting exemplary case studies that discuss the processes of space constitution. Net-Map is a pen-and-paper tool and is meant to manually draw multiplex networks in cooperation with interview partners or focus groups. By doing so, qualitative and quantitative network data are collected. Additionally, the influence, aims and roles of different actors are evaluated in relation, for example, to spatial scales or resources. The VennMaker tool offers cooperative network reconstruction through computer software. It generates a digital network map, collects quantitative relational and attributive data and provides a simultaneous qualitative triangulation of these data. Finally, the article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the different tools and suggests a conceptual and methodological combination of Visual Network Research and the relational sociology of space for a richer understanding of social action and space.

ID 18609
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=18609
Lelong, B., Stark, M., Hauck, J., Leuenberger, T., Thronicker, I. (2017):
A visual network perspective on social interaction and space: Using Net-Map and VennMaker in participatory social-spatial research
Europa Regional 23. 2015(2016) (2), 5 - 20