Indigenous migration, territorialization processes, and social network analysis

This paper discusses the scopes and limitations of social network analysis in the study of indigenous migration and consequent territorialization processes. From the data obtained in a study on the formation of called "toba neighborhoods" in the peripheries of large cities, we describe and analyze the social network that connects, through kinship, the inhabitants of one of these neighborhoods. Finally we describe the relationship between the centrality of each individual in the network architecture and its contribution to explain the direction of migration, and the subsequent settlement in a particular area.

indigenous; social networks; kinship; migration; processes of territorialization


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