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The way I think of it, every group (community, society, team, etc) has a
network -- several actually. A network is just a set of ties of a given type
among a set of nodes. There will be all kinds of ties linking members of a
group together. So the network is one aspect of every group. But there is
more to a group than the network. There may be a unique culture (shared
beliefs; memories of common events), or a sense of identity (e.g., who
legitimately belongs to the group and who merely interacts with group
members), etc. These may all result from interaction, but are not the same
thing as interaction or relationship.

steve.

Steve Borgatti
Dept. of Organization Studies
Boston College
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From: "Emilie Marquois" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Virtual community and social networks


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> Dear Socnetters,
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> I'm actually working on the emergence of virtual communities and I would
> like to know if you make or not a difference between a virtual community
> and a social network.
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> Can anyone suggest references that directly bear on this question ?
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> Many thanks,
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> Emilie Marquois-OGEZ
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