Network Analysis Links Parts to the Whole

Ferenc Jordán

in Natural Security

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253476
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934313 | DOI:
Network Analysis Links Parts to the Whole

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This chapter presents similarities between ecological and social networks and outlines how our knowledge in one field may help in better understanding the other. It focuses on how ecological network theory might help us in thinking about homeland security and understanding modern terrorism in a globalized and interconnected world. It describes network analysis, a tool for studying many types of networks that play a key role in security analysis. It calculates to what extent elements are connected to other elements within a network and measures the complexity and the quantitative relationship between the parts and the whole.

Keywords: networks; ecological network theory; security; terrorism; network analysis

Chapter.  7757 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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