***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** Doug, In his book _Guns, Germs, and Steel_, Jared Diamond writes about a similar subject, breaking down social complexity based on size of the group. His results extended to three tiers: Size: Dozens Basically bands, no fixed home, "Egalitarian" leadership, no real bureaucracy, no laws, unstratified culture. Size: Hundreds Tribes, a single home, "Egalitarian" or "Big Man," organized reesource extraction, still unstratified Size: Thousands Chiefdoms, many homes, castes and classes, cronyism and monarchs, bureacracy and laws, taxes, indentured labor, slavery, public architecture, luxuries for the elite. These examples, by the way, are taken from a presentation by Raph Koster concerning competitive and cooperative structures in online worlds, available here (appears to be IE only): http://www.legendmud.org/raph/gaming/smallworlds.html - Andy Smith Doug Fraiser wrote: >Fractal theory has brought out that in many natural systems, the >system's pattern of organization is constant over a certain range in >scale but changes at particular threshold points. Has anyone >experimented with the idea that patterns of social networks are likewise >constant over a certain range of scale (e.g., within groups ranging from >5 to 500 members) but change at particular threshold points (at >approximately 500 members, in the previous example)? > >Thanks, > >Doug Fraiser > > _____________________________________________________________________ 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.