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Knitting Networks / Tejiendo Redes

52 EpisodesProduced by Francisca Ortiz y Alejandro Espinosa-RadaWebsite

Here you will find conversations with people who works on network analysis. You will hear about the history of it, recommendations of literature and some of the latest methodological/theoretical advances of it. Podcasters:Francisca Ortiz Ruiz, Postdoctoral Researcher at Millennium Institute for Care… read more


34.J.Clyde Mitchell

[Chapter in English / Capítulo en Inglés]

J.Clyde Mitchell - Fellowship of the British Academy - (usually known as J. Clyde Mitchell) (21 June 1918 Pietermaritzburg – 15 November 1995) was a British sociologist and anthropologist.

In 1937 Mitchell helped found the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute group of social anthropologists/sociologists, now a part of the University of Zambia. He was influenced by Max Gluckman and conducted important research on social network analysis at the University of Manchester. In the 1940s he carried out field research into social systems and social conditions in Central Africa (southern Malawi) interviewing heads of households in villages and urban areas and observing customs. In 1952 he was on the editorial committee of the Northern Rhodesia Journal.

Mitchell studied network analysis and was a founding member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, contributing to its Connections magazine.

The heritage of the Manchester School of Networks is alive today in the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis ( at the same University, named after and dedicated to Clyde, in memory of his foundational role for the development of social network analysis.

For a detailed story of his life refer to the following by Susan J. Smith: J. CLYDE MITCHELL James Clyde Mitchell 21 June 1918 – 15 November 1995 elected Fellow of the British Academy 1990 by SUSAN J. SMITH, Fellow of the Academy

Full interview available in Youtube:

Interviewee: J. Clyde Mitchell

Interviewer: H. Russell Bernard

Date: July 19, 1990.


James Clyde Mitchell - Fellowship of the British Academy - (conocido como J. Clyde Mitchell) (21 de junio de 1918 Pietermaritzburg – 15 de noviembre de 1995) fue un sociólogo y antropólogo británico.

En 1937 Mitchell ayudó a fundar el Rhodes-Livingstone Institute group compuesto por antropólogos sociales y sociólogos, centro que es actualmente parte de la Universidad de Zambia. Mitchell fue influenciado por Max Gluckman y realizó importantes investigaciones en el campo del análisis de redes sociales en la Universidad de Mánchester. Durante los años 40' realizó investigaciones de campo en sistemas sociales y considerando distintas condiciones sociales en África Central (al Sur de Malawi) entrevistando a jefes de hogares en villas y áreas urbanas, junto con observar sus costumbres. En 1952 fue parte del comité editorial de la Northern Rhodesia Journal.

Mitchell estudió análisis de redes y fue uno de los fundadores de la International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), contribuyendo al boletín Connections.

La herencia de la llamada Escuela de Redes de Mánchester se encuentra aún activo en el Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis ( de la misma universidad, centro que lleva su nombre en conmemoración a Clyde y su rol fundante en el desarrollo del análisis de redes sociales.

Para saber más detalles sobre su vida, se sugiere el texto publicado por Susan J. Smith: J. CLYDE MITCHELL James Clyde Mitchell 21 June 1918 – 15 November 1995 elected Fellow of the British Academy 1990 by SUSAN J. SMITH, Fellow of the Academy 

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