***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Certainly one can argue that money facilitates the creation of certain kinds of relationships. (You can also argue that it inhibits the creation of other kinds of relationships: I'd guess that bartering requires more negotiation than currency exchange, and how many of us know the names of any of the cashiers at the supermarkets we patronize?) (As a side note, you can generate capital in a way that doesn't involve relationships (by, say, building a useful object out of raw materials that you collected yourself).) Nevertheless, let's suppose that your original implication (that all capital is relationship capital) is accurate, for the usual understanding of the word "capital". I would still suggest that it's useful to distinguish between forms of social capital (such as reputation), and other forms of capital (such as saleable goods or currency); it seems to me that they play distinct (if complementary) roles in socioeconomical systems. Joshua O'Madadhain On 21 Feb 2005, at 19:58, Blyden B. Potts wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Money not relational?!! What, are you kidding? > Money has to be one of the MOST relational concepts there is. > Without relationships there is no money and the primary purpose of > money is > to create (exchange) relationships. > Money *IS* commodified social relationships. > > -----Original Message----- > From: Stanley Wasserman [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 6:24 PM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: Centrality --- a blog from Visible Path > > no. > money is capital and it's hardly relational > > On Feb 21, 2005, at 5:43 PM, Blyden B. Potts wrote: > > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Isn't ALL capital 'relationship capital'? > email@example.com...Obscurium Per Obscurius...www.ics.uci.edu/~jmadden Joshua O'Madadhain: Information Scientist, Musician, and Philosopher-At-Tall It's that moment of dawning comprehension that I live for--Bill Watterson My opinions are too rational and insightful to be those of any organization. _____________________________________________________________________ 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.