1 MESA HISPANA The Development of Social Network Analysis in Latin America 1st European Social Networks Conference (EUSN) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1 de julio de 2014 New publications of the Centre for Sociological Research, to (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, CIS) Previously to the session, Félix Requena Santos, director of the CIS, will present the recent classical texts by Wasserman and Faust, and Kadushin translated into Spanish for the first time. José Luis Molina, Verónica de Miguel and Isidro Maya- Jariego, collaborators of this edition, will comment the books. These books will be available for purchasing during the conference. Books to be presented with the participation of Félix Requena, president of the CIS: Análisis de redes sociales. Métodos y aplicaciones, por Wasserman, Stanley; Faust, Katherine. Comprender las redes sociales. Teorías, conceptos y hallazgos, por Kadushin, Charles. The Development of Social Network Analysis in Latin America, 16:00 a Ramos, Ignacio, Contreras, Carlos & García- Macías, Alejandro México: Un eje central en el desarrollo de las redes hispanas. Jorge Palacio & Gabriel Vélez- Cuartas Colombia: Expansión e irrupción en el campo global. Eduardo Marques, Renata Bichir & Encarnación Moya Notas sobre el análisis de redes sociales en Brasil. José Manuel Gaete De la investigación social a la técnica profesional: Una crónica histórica del ARS en Chile ( ) Laura Teves y Lorena Pasarín Argentina: Entre la desconfianza metodológica y la aplicación a problemas sociales. Alejandro Ruiz & Nina Inés Jung Semblanza de Jorge Gil Mendieta.
2 Mesa Hispana: The Development of Social Network Analysis in Latin America Isidro Maya- Jariego & Daniel Holgado Universidad de Sevilla This session reviews the state- of- the- art of social network analysis in five selected Latin American countries. The cases of Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico are analyzed. In each case, history, academic status and research contributions are summarized. Each country analysis includes (a) first a historical review of network analysis both in the academic area and among practitioners, (b) secondly a review of the results, issues and current research groups, seminars, meetings and local conferences and (c) a final concluding part that briefly states some future lines of development. Also a profile of the life and contributions of Jorge Gil- Mendieta ( ), former director of the Lab of Networks of the UNAM (Mexico) is presented. A business meeting will follow the session. The organization of a regional conference (LASN 2015) will be debated. Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico Eduardo Marques, Renata Bichir and Encarnación Moya. Notes on social network analysis in Brazil. This paper presents the Brazilian literature on Social Network Analysis (SNA), including studies that use networks exclusively as a method and analysis technique. Relating representative studies of leading research groups, the authors identify growth and diversification of SNA in Brazil, covering studies in different disciplinary fields, such as government and public policy, civil society, economic sociology, migration, cultural studies, anthropology and information science. Despite the recent and increasing relevance of this method, the authors emphasize that there is still room for analysis to proceed further in the use of SNA techniques and measures, aiming to construct explanatory arguments for various phenomena, beyond the description of relational structures.
3 Ignacio Ramos- Vidal, Carlos C. Contreras- Ibáñez & Alejandro García- Macías. Mexico: A central axis in the development of Hispanic networks The aim of this chronicle is to conduct a review of the genesis and evolution of Social Network Analysis in Mexico. For this purpose, first we examine the origins of the earliest applications of structural analysis developed by research groups in Mexican institutions. Secondly, we present (a) the most prolific research lines that have developed SNA strategies, (b) the leading research teams that have worked actively with this methodology and (c) the main academic events held in Mexico devoted on the study on social networks. Furthermore we review the contributions of Mexican researchers in the last editions of the Sunbelt organized by the INSNA (period ) and in the journal Redes: Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes Sociales since its launch. Finally, we propose guidelines to address the challenges that the Mexican Academy will face to achieve the full institutionalization of SNA. José Manuel Pino & Ruben Gaete Fiscella Ibáñez. From social research to professional technique: A historical chronicle of ARS in Chile ( ) The main purpose of this paper is to present a chronicle on the history of Social Network Analysis (SNA) in Chile over the last 20 years, starting with a bibliographic study on its development, mainly on academic and scientific production, which, as it will be explained, shows certain patterns. We see the beginning of this evolution on the initial interest to carry out analysis on certain social and communitarian realities; then it expanded into another areas (politics, urban issues, computing, etc); and nowadays new lines of research have consolidated, mainly regarding professionalization. This shows a shift in the focus of SNA in Chile from communitarian and social issues on marginalized people, to virtual networks and communities. Given all this, we suggest several future lines of development for SNA in Chile, and we examine its potentiality for professional field, as well as for academic field.
4 Jorge Palacio & Gabriel Vélez Cuartas. Network Analysis in Colombia: Expansion and entry into the global field. This article offer an overview of the situation and development of network analysis in Colombia from both a bibliographic point of view and a description of researchers and visible academic groups. The argumentation uses two types of methodologies: first, a bibliographical analysis with some scientometric tools, and secondly, a qualitative analysis, which uses a short interview applied to expert researchers in the selected national level through the snowball technique. These two approaches have been complemented with traces in information systems available on Colciencias (Scienti- GrupLacs) and some web pages. Also, the bibliographic research offer an analysis of the general uses of the term networks in the literature published in Scopus magazines, the journal Social Networks and the journal Redes. Laura Teves & Lorena Pasarín. SNA in Argentina: Trasting methodology and its application for the resolution of social problems. The development of SNA in Argentina is linked to researchers in different disciplines, mainly those related to social sciences. Varied studies have been carried out in areas such as Anthropology, History, Literature, Economics, Education and Health. SNA is originally devoted to the resolution of problems derived from the academic research rather than to local traditions or international intellectual trends. The trend towards the development of SNA in Argentina begins in late 90s and which is embodied in the first thesis, articles and books. Their approaches are based on the metaphor of the network, data analysis software, visualization and exploration of concepts and hypotheses of social networks. Over time, the pioneering work has led to the formation of small groups of researchers. The most representative groups are linked to universities and are distributed in different geographical areas of the country, of which highlights five groups. Argentina has been an active organizer and host of scientific meetings in Latin America. This has mainly promoted collaboration between local academic groups with other groups outside national institutions, in terms of direction of thesis
5 students, organizing conferences and co- participation in projects. The future of social network analysis in Argentina faces the challenge of moving beyond the debate between groups that emphasize working with qualitative methods and ignore those groups using quantitative methods. While the challenge is to apply the ARS to solving social problems priority basis, in Argentina. A semblance of Jorge Gil Mendieta Alejandro Arnulfo Ruiz León & Nina Jung. Following the footsteps of Jorge Gil. The main purpose of this text is to reflect and illustrate the personal network of the Mexican researcher Jorge Gil, in order to show his impact in social network analysis (SNA) development in Mexico and at an international level. His personal network is reconstructed by using narratives, personal communication, co- authorship, and memories from the many academic events he attended and organized. We argue that Jorge was a central actor within SNA development during more than 15 years and even after his death his work about the Mexican political network is still a major reference in the field of political studies. Business meeting