The Social and the Sexual: Networks in contemporary demographic research

Hans Peter Kohler, Stéphane Helleringer, Jere R. Behrman, Susan C. Watkins

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The analysis of networks has become an important theme in contemporary demographic research in both developed and developing countries, including investigations of the determinants of fertility behaviours, the interaction between social network and social structures and population policies, the role of intergenerational networks in ageing societies, and the relevance for sexual networks for the spread of HIV/AIDS. This chapter reviews the current research on networks across several domains in demographic research, and discusses some of the specific challenges of network-based approaches with respect to data collection, analytic approaches and methodologies, interpretation of results, and micro-tomacro aggregation. It draws on research conducted as part of the Kenyan Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (KDICP), the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH), and the Likoma Network Study (LNS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPopulation in the Human Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Models, Evidence
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191767500
ISBN (Print)9780199688203
StatePublished - May 21 2015


  • Ageing
  • Aids
  • Diffusion
  • Intergenerational networks
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Sexual networks
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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