***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** Dear Carter, When I wrote this, I knew I would get this response about the extent to which the protest was organized or not. Perhaps, I should make my point a little bit clearer then. What I meant is that I'm not sure whether mapping the network structure of the people that demonstrated suffices to understand this form of collective action. At a very basic level of network theorizing, we could ask if it where cohesive networks or structural holes that made the demonstrations possible. However, I'm not cinvinced that ties or the lack thereof enabled this. I do think it is possible to sketch the networks of some core actors. But, I also think that for the majority of people, the decision to demonstrate was affected more by their individual concern about this war then their network structure. My idea is that by approaching it immediately from a network perspective, we're missing an important part of the picture and that alternative explanation might be very likely as well. In other words, I was not trying to say that network theory is not applicable to this, because there where no formal networks at work. Instead, I do think SNA does have something to say about this, but that we have to be careful to regard it as the only explanation. It was just question I wanted to raise and of course, I am very interested in responses to that. Thanks and take care, Ferry Carter T. Butts writes: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** > > Ferry Koster wrote: >> As far as I have seen, the people that >> demonstrated wanted to express their feelings about this war. For a large >> part, the only thing organized where the time, the place and some of the >> speakers. My point is that it is possible that network theory does not >> have >> a lot to say about this. > > Even if the protest events are not formally organized, it does not > follow that network theory has nothing to say. (Quite the opposite, in > fact -- these are the more interesting cases, at least to a > sociologist.) For a little of the past (formal) work in this area, you > might want to see: > > _____________________________________________________________________ > SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social > network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send > an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line > UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.