***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** On Mon, 21 Feb 2005, Blyden B. Potts wrote: > > Without relationships there is no money Without relationships there is hardly anything. So, this premise is a tautology. > the primary purpose of money is to create (exchange) relationships. Money doesn't have a purpose of itself. Humans use money. Humans' purpose in using money is not to create but rather facilitate or smooth out exchange relationships. People want to, and oftentimes can, create exchange relationship independent of and prior to money. > Money *IS* commodified social relationships. I hear echoes of Georg Simmel's Philosophy of Money here but what he said was that money commodifies and weakens all social relationships and thereby ushers in the Gesellschaft (vis-a-vis Gemeinschaft). This is a subtle but significant difference. Kerimcan Ozcan _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.