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What Vlado remarks is absolutely right. To say that "social network =
actors plus relations" is like saying something in the form of the old
communist formula "socialism = electrification plus soviets" :-) As
both (post-modern) relationalists and (modern) pragmatists would say,
even the equation "social network = actors plus relations plus
attributes" might be still underdetermined - because "where is l'objet
petit a?" :-)
PS. Yes, Loet, a network "implies" construction!
On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 11:32 AM, Vladimir Batagelj
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> > A social category (sex, race) is not reducible to social networks.
> > Therefore, social networks do not constitute the entirety of social
> > organization. This is exactly my critique of Blyden Potts' definitional
> > thesis.
> It depends on the definition of social network - in most of
> social network analysis software (Pajek, Ucinet, NetMiner, ...)
> properties of vertices (sex, race) are considered as a part of
> the network description. The network can also be weighted,
> multirelational, temporal, defined on several sets, ...
> The notion could be extended also to consider k-nary relations,
> k > 2. There are some examples for k=3 (Lazega's leverage relation).
> Vladimir Batagelj, University of Ljubljana, FMF, Department of Mathematics
> Jadranska 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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