issue networks of the american left

The US Social Forum is an upcoming political convention in Detroit and it’s shaping up to be a huge event. My research partner, Michael Heaney, and I will be there to conduct research on the antiwar movement and its connection to other policy issues. Michael asked me to post this diagram that he made, even though I’m on blogcation. It maps out policy issues according to panel co-mentions. In other words, we looked at all panels in the US Social Forum program and coded the broad policy issues addressed by the panel. Two topics are connected if at least one panel mentions both of them. Thicker lines means more co-mentions. Our issue – the antiwar domain – fairly central, but not as prominent as other topics like racism or immigration.

Written by fabiorojas

June 11, 2010 at 6:07 am

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  1. Fabio: I knew you couldn’t blogcate.



    June 11, 2010 at 6:13 am

  2. Hi,

    I have a question on the figure. I just discovered Social Network Analysis and was wondering how to interpret the centrality in those figures created with spring embedders. Does the program put those nodes in the center, that have the highest degree centrality?




    June 11, 2010 at 6:58 am

  3. Spring embedding minimizes a particular quantity, it does not directly rely on centrality measures. I wonder if there is a paper that shows the relationship between sprign embeddings and various network measure. My guess is that centrality correlated, but not highly correlated.



    June 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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  5. […] Heaney and Fabio Rojas just released another great network map in a blog post. This one shows the co-mentions of topics (as coded by the esearchers) appearing in the […]


    July 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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