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I work with David Stark at Columbia Sociology (where Harrison White is now),
and we have a paper that tries to elaborate on the "narrative challenge",
unsing sequences of network changes.
We address the challenge posed by White in I and C:
"Social structures often are made to seem the antipodes to, or at least
unrelated to details and nuances of, sequencing in timing. This is in part
because of the influence of structuralism. Social times should instead be
accounted as much part of structure as are network spaces" (Harrison
White, 1992 p. 77).
Link to the paper:
B a l a z s V e d r e s
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Central European University
and fellow at the Santa Fe Institute
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> A few questions on Harrison White's Identity and Control:
> It is a hard book. Still, I am surprised there are not more
> obvious follow-ons. If I am confused, would someone kindly
> point me toward sequelae works that bear on White's insights?
> (I am familiar with the Amazon citation list, etc.) my
> question is more toward what might be seen as works that are
> truly of a consistent vein with "I and C". I would have
> thought, for instance, that Roberto Franzosi's recent From
> Words to Numbers might have been closer but there is not
> direct cite...Franzosi does cite White, Boorman, Breiger from
> the 1970s. Did anyone in lit crit pick up the "narrative challenge?"
> Is there an identifiable set of empircal works in support?
> Is there further theory work that has been particularly
> fruitful? Good dissertations, for instance?
> Could someone explain to me why the obvious linkage between
> Kurt Lewin's work--particularly Topological Psychology--and
> Identity and Control seems to be overlooked--even by White?
> Have I overlooked something on that topic?
> Anyone familiar with work that connects Nan Lin's ideas on
> structure to White's?
> Has anyone "fleshed out" what White calls the 3 disciplines?
> Thanks for any thoughts.
> Ryan Lanham
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