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Time, as Barry intimates and Gould wrote, does seem more of a circle
than an arrow! I published a piece in Canada in 1984 focused on both
service delivery networks and interorganizational ties. It was titled
"Blockmodel Analysis of Fragmentation in an Interorganizational
Delivery System" and was published in Canadian Social Work Review. The
data comprised a matrix of ties among and between something like 30
organizations in Hamilton, Ontario. My co-author was Greg Heil, and the
analysis was done using a variation on his original program Blocker,
which I believe was developed with Harrison White. Greg actually
designed a goodness-of-fit index for the study, which may have been
among the first. We were exploring how to construct dynamic approaches
to analyzing network data when I left for the US in 1990.
David J. Tucker
Professor of Social Work
Adjunct Professor of Sociology
University of Michigan
Quoting Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>:
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> Everything old is new again:
> There has been recurrent interest in social networks and social work
> 1. Service delivery networks. Interorganizational ties. I don't know much
> about this, but several folks took my Networks 4 Newbies intro course at
> the Sunbelt.
> 2. Social support studies. (as others have mentioned, also big in
> community psychology). There's a lit review on this from the 1990s on my
> website (or if not, tell me and I'll put it there), and also, Wellman &
> Wortley, "Different Strokes from Different Folks" (AmJSoc, 3-90).
> But for a serious search, let me remind you that INSNA went to some
> trouble and expense a few years ago to put all of Connections on the web.
> It's searchable, folks!
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