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Random alliance networks


The morphological properties of kinship and marriage alliance networks, such as circuits, are typically considered as indicators of sociological phenomena -- yet, they may also be partly coincidental. To assert the contribution of chance to these morphological features, we develop a standardized method where empirical alliance networks are compared with a random baseline. We apply our framework to a variety of empirical cases and show that some corpuses are remarkably well reconstructed by our random model, while others still feature significant divergencies which may be partly connected to field-based experience. On the whole, our approach may be used to scrutinize the matrimonial role of social groups as asserted by native or ethnological theory.

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halshs-00927323 , version 1 (13-01-2014)



Camille Roth, Floriana Gargiulo, Arnaud Bringé, Klaus Hamberger. Random alliance networks. Social Networks, 2013, 35 (3), pp.394-405. ⟨10.1016/j.socnet.2013.04.006⟩. ⟨halshs-00927323⟩
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