At 10:15 AM 5/23/02 -0400, Barry Wellman wrote:
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Alexander, M., & Danowski, J. A.
(1990). Analysis of an ancient network. Social Networks, 12,
This work network analyzes all the actors (along with their social
status) mentioned in Cicero's letters. Among the questions this
research addresses is questions the relative standing of knights and
senators in Roman society of the period. There had been the conflicting
interpretations in the historical literature as to who was more socially
powerful. The network evidence argues for their structural
equivalence. An emergent finding concerned the basic structure of
the overall social network in terms of group structures. The
findings suggested that while social standing may have been a barrier to
entry into a group, once inside a group's boundaries, a member's status
was irrelevant to their position within the group.