Social network analysis, habitus and the field of literary activity

Li Li, John Corbett

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Social network analysis that draws upon the correspondence of writers has the potential to indicate aspects of the writers' habitus, that is, the economic, social and cultural capital represented by the relations between authors, poets and dramatists, and their correspondents. Social network analysis can visualise and reveal otherwise covert aspects of the field of literary activity. In particular, it can show the flow of cultural, symbolic, social and economic capital through the literary ecosystem. The article presents an introduction to social network analysis, describes a modest case study, and identifies possible future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12757
JournalLiterature Compass
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024


  • Bourdieu
  • Edwin Morgan
  • habitus
  • Hugh MacDiarmid
  • Modernism
  • social network analysis
  • sociology of literature


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