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Yes. Very much agree with Barry.
Barry Wellman wrote:
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>News comes slowly to the north country. We have to give those dog teams a
>So I belatedly am reading the Sept-Oct issue of the AmSocAssoc Footnotes
>in which 77 speciality areas are laid out.
>The good news is that Social Networks is one of them.
>The puzzling to bad news is that it is list under the Broad category of
>Quantitative Approaches (along with math soc, quant soc, stats and
>There are 2 reasons why this is bad:
>1. Many social network analysts are qualitative, either ethnographic or
>2. We've spent 30+ years developing social network analysis as a
>fundamentally different theoretical approach. Methods are important to
>SNA, but only in service of theory.
>It would make more sense to me to put SNA in with the broad category of
>Theory, Knowledge, Science.
>Lynn Smith-Lovin and Jim Ennis were on the ASA committee that did this, so
>perhaps they can explain.
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