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Hi Barry--Thanks very much for this!
On 12/22/05, Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Our founding mother, Elizabeth Bott Spillius, has an article in _The
> Sociological Review_ 2005 (current issue: vol 53, 4).
> "Anthropology and Psychoanalysis: A Personal Concordance."
> It's part of a festschrift for Ronald Frankenberg.
> "I started to become an anthroplogist when I was 18, living in Toronto,
> Canada, when my then boyfriend, Erving Goffman, got me to read Emile
> Durkheim." p. 658.
> "'Go away and write a novel', said Max Gluckman when I presented my early
> findings [about networks and family structure in London] at a seminar at
> Manchester." p. 661
> "Eventually after much painstaking work and sitting hopelessly looking at
> the data and knowing there should [be] a way of understanding it, an idea
> floated into my head from nowhere. I had that Archimdes feeling. I
> remember silently saying ... `I don't know whoyou are or how you thought
> of that, but thank you very much.'... A particular thrill was that an
> anthropological colleague (Barnes, 1954) had thought of a very similar
> idea when analysing a very different social situation, a Norwegian fishing
> village.... [This became] _Family and Social Network_ (1957)." [Details
> follow on the ideas of the book, which should be familar to all list
> members.] (p. 662)
> "[The book] was finally published in 1957, but to be honest I was already
> changing direction. I was fratified that the bookhad such a large impact,
> and that network approaches were taken up both in Britain and abroad.
> However, even though I did write a long afterword about network methods to
> the 2nd edition, published in 1971, I only did this so tht I could claim
> copyright on the book, since the Tavistock had copyright on the first
> edition. I employed a researcher to do much of the ground work for this
> afterword, and found it really quite painful to write. My interests had
> shifted ... [to] psychoanalysis." (p. 663).
> "When I returned from Tonga, ... I thouht I would be expected to continue
> working on families, which I did not want to do, and that network research
> would probably take a new form that I would not enjoy. (I think I was
> proved right when I read some of the more quantitative studies which began
> to emerge.)" p. 663.
> "I have tried to show that although I did not do new anthropological
> fieldwork after the 1950s, I did not desert anthropologists. Those ideas
> and exciements have cloured the way I subsequently practiced
> psychoanalysis." p.670
> Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
> wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman
> Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
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> To network is to live; to live is to network
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Susan Cotts Watkins
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Professor, Department of Sociology
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University of Pennsylvania
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