3.1 Active Research Participants

Social science research often relies heavily on what people say about themselves as a primary source of data, whether through surveys, interviews, their combination, or other methods. Consistent with the heavy influence of surveys in developing the principles for network data collection described in Chapter 2, social networks research is no different, having leaned especially heavily on interview and survey data for the first several decades of the field’s history. Social network scholars often trace their roots to the survey approaches in early studies by Jacob Moreno and Helen Hall Jennings on prisoners in Sing-Sing, and the Hudson School for Girls (Moreno 1937; Moreno and Jennings 1938).53