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After Mark Granovetter suggested I read Identity and Control twice
(in both senses) I made a determined effort and have gotten through it
the first time. It has given me a whole new perspective on networks and
reading it was a wonderful experience, but I feel like I missed more than
I got. I have a couple of questions.
1. His terminology seems ideosyncratic. Is there a precident for
using "discipline" the way he does? How about "story?"
2. I have been looking up some of the key authors he refers to and reading
them. For instance, Eric Leifer's work related to White gives "ties"
a whole different meaning than how I had been thinking of them. White
refers to Erving Goffman frequently and I am reading some of his stuff.
It seems to me that Goffman, at least, is "symbolic interactionism"
subdivision of sociology (I may be off base about this, I am just learning).
What would be some other stuff to read to get the big picture of where
White is coming from?
3. I would like to start a listserv to discuss White. In fact, I already
have, but there is no one subscribed to it but me. I talked to Mark
Granovetter and he said the he and 4 of his best graduate students
read a chapter of White every week or two and then got together and
disucssed it. I have learned a lot from listservs on CS Peirce and
Hayek, I am wondering if there would be enough interest in White?
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