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The contextual name generator: a good tool for the study of sociability and socialization

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Bidart, Claire; Charbonneau, Johanne (2007). The contextual name generator: a good tool for the study of sociability and socialization Working Paper. Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal.

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The debate on the relative validity, power, limits and relevance of different name generators has evolved in line with the development of the social network studies. The core questions are: what do they respectively refer to? What are they supposed to construct, for what research question? Some procedures tend to choose a precise target with a unique name generator that may synthesize a crucial point. Others prefer to use series of different name generators, in order to gather names referred to diverse spheres of social life. In this case the various name generators are often built with heterogeneous logics, and often remain incompatible. Is it possible to standardize a procedure to truly overcome these limits and keep the comparisons possible? We discuss here some specificities and advantages of a new kind of integrated name generator, the “contextual” name generator, which was developed in a longitudinal qualitative panel study that started in France in 1995 and was also conducted in 2005 in three different projects in Quebec. This tool is not the juxtaposition of independent name generators, as we are used to; it combines their respective advantages in a real integrated and systematic procedure and allows going through a wide range of areas, scales, social conditions, qualities of ties, etc. This name generator gives access to a great diversity of information that allows to combine sociability and socialization questions. It thus seems to be a relevant tool, especially for sociologists.

Type de document: Monographie (Working Paper)
Informations complémentaires: Paper delivered at the International Social Network Conference, Sunbelt XXVII, Corfou, Greece, 1-6 May 2007
Mots-clés libres: réseaux sociaux; générateurs de noms; méthodes d’enquête; sociabilité; socialisation; social networks; name generators; methods; sociability; socialization
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 20:16
Dernière modification: 12 nov. 2020 20:16
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9335

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