Socio-material network analysis: A mixed method study of five European artistic collectives

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In this paper, I argue that we can better understand the relationship between social structure and materiality by combining qualitative analysis of practices in shared physical space with statistical analysis. Drawing on the two-mode approach, I treat social and material structures together with the relationship between them as a two-level socio-material network. In a mixed method study, formalized ethnographic data on such networks in five European artistic collectives are subjected to multilevel exponential random graph modelling. It sheds light on how different kinds of interpersonal ties condition the engagement of individuals with similar materiality over time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-195
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Networks
Early online date28 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • Socio-material network
  • Physical object
  • Object usage
  • Material structure
  • Two-mode approach
  • Exponential random graph model
  • Mixed method


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