ANR-Kinsources: Documentation on Contributing Institutions

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UC Irvine. The Anthropology faculty and student group led by Douglas R. White in Social Networks at UCI was long a center of Mathematical Anthropology and Formal Analysis, including a Ph.D. Program in Social Networks. White undertook to computerize long-term ethnographic field study data collected for the four communities each in Zambia and Tlaxcala, Mexico, an Austrian, and a Turkish nomad community. Studies in the first and last regions are documented in Chronicling Cultures: Long-Term Field Research in Anthropology (2002). A 1999-2002 NSF grant supported Longitudinal Network Studies and Predictive Social Cohesion Theory using kinship network data from these and dozens of other field sites, including Florence (1200-1500) and Tzinztzuntzan. The KinDemo Project on Longitudinal Studies of Kinship Demography, Cultural Traditions and Social Change, Local Ecologies and Development begun in 1993 at UCI, with the help of Michael Houseman, French CNRS, hosted 150 genealogical datasets on kinship and ethnography, many of which were in computerized form, with some contributed by other ethnographers (Houseman, Schweizer) participating in the Schweizer and White edited book (1998), Kinship, Networks and Exchange (Cambridge University Press. The research projects at UCI developed the Pgraph software that grew out of the P-graph formalism for genealogical and marriage structure analysis developed by White and Paul Jorion (1992). Several PhD dissertations were completed at UCI using these methods.

KinSources Data Repository at ANR