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In the social sciences, "network" denotes a subset of all directed social interactions between a set of persons. It can be represented, for instance, by means of graphs. In empirical research, the causes for the selectivity and directedness of the interactions are investigated. The concept has been increasingly used for a number of years, in order to clarify the role of informal factors and o…

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Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, “Networks”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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