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When Steve Berkowitz and I put together _Social Structures: A Network
Approach_ (1988) after much debate we decided to refer to "structural
analysis" and not "SNA". ("Network science" had not been invented as a
Our point was/is that a variety of phenomena across disciplines were
developing towards similar structural thinking: the then-revolutionary DNA
development was one. This was a central argument of our book.
We very much based our thinking on Simmel. (And that's why INSNA's main
prize is called the Simmel prize -- altho I really wanted to call it the
OTOH, we made no attempt to think in terms of a power law, and other N.S.
"You could look it up." C.S.
S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director
Department of Sociology 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388
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