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I want to stir the pot of social network definitions with a question
about the notion of `social´ in social networks. Can a five-year-old
German shepherd belong to one´s social network? How about a one-month-
old baby? Compared to the dog, the small baby is clearly much less
communicative and interactive. Moreover, the dog may well be as
central to one´s `social´ life (e.g. though connecting the owner with
other dog owners and dogs) than the network member with human dna...
Docent, PhD, Researcher
The Finnish Centre for East European Studies
/ Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki
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