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Visualizing the Ties That Bind: A Social Network Analysis of Patronage and Personal Lending in the Florentine Renaissance

Paul McLean entertained a packed house Friday afternoon with his talk on personal lending networks in Renaissance Florence. Audience members were wowed by his intimate knowledge of Florentine history and current trends in social network analysis.

Biography:

Paul McLean's research has focused on exploring the connections between multiple kinds of social networks—marriage networks, economic networks, and political patronage networks chiefly—and describing the cultural practices and identities that actors adopt to move within and across these networks. He has examined the development of elaborate strategies of self-presentation and the emergence of a quasi-modern conception of the self in Renaissance Florence in articles (AJS 104: 51-91 [1998], CSSH 47: 638-64 [2005]) and in a book from Duke University Press.