In ‘Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan’, Senior Researcher and PRIO Director, Kristian Berg Harpviken puts forward a theoretical framework for understanding the role of social networks in situations of war, disaster and forced migration. Inspired by social network theory, developed in fields such as economic and organizational sociology, Harpviken systematically applies and advances these theories with reference to forced migration. He draws on extensive fieldwork in the Herat area of Afghanistan to analyze wartime migration and he discusses how social networks help people cope, what kind of network is most effective in various contexts and what social networks provide.

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