Citizens for Change, Leeds – exploring the relationship between the artist and the activist #2

I’ve been exploring the use of sociograms as a way to represent the relationships between participants and relationships between myself and participants in a recent project of mine. I like how they can describe communication channels, spheres of influence, strong bonds of trust and weaker bonds of trust.

I referenced the work of data visualiser Moritz Stefaner in a previous post, who strives for clear representation of information. But in contrast, I think I’m interested in making diagrams that give an impression of something of the relationships involved, but which keep the details confidential.

C4C Development Sociogram - amended 600My drawing/diagram based on a sociogram – representing the affiliations between people I contacted when developing the Citizens for Change, Leeds programme, 25.11.13.

From Wikipaedia – accessed 19.8.14

A sociogram is a graphic representation of social links that a person has. It is a graph drawing that plots the structure of interpersonal relations in a group situation.

Sociograms were developed by Jacob L. Moreno to analyze choices or preferences within a group. They can diagram the structure and patterns of group interactions. A sociogram can be drawn on the basis of many different criteria: Social relations, channels of influence, lines of communication etc.

Those points on a sociogram who have many choices are called Stars. Those with few or no choices are called isolates. Individuals who choose each other are known to have made a Mutual Choice. One-Way Choice refers to individuals who choose someone but the choice is not reciprocated. Cliques are groups of three or more people within a larger group who all choose each other (Mutual Choice).

Sociograms are the charts or tools used to find the Sociometry of a social space.


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