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A good paper comparing SNA with ANT is Breslau, Daniel. 2000. "Sociology 
after Humanism: A Lesson from Contemporary Science Studies." Sociological 
Theory 18(2): 289-307.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Moses Boudourides" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 1:50 AM
Subject: Re: SNA is not a method


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> Socnet, Happy New Year!
>
> My two cents on SNA, heterogeneity and ANT (I'm just reading Bruno's last
> book these days.. :-)
>
> Emanuela, concerning heterogeneity, the right place to look for it in SNA
> is on 2-mode (or in general n-mode) networks. Among the methods used in
> such studies, one encounters: Galois lattices (and other discrete data
> analyses) (cf., Freeman, D. White, Schweizer, Mohr, Duquenne, Roth,
> Pattison, Robins, Mische et al.), correspondence analysis (Faust,
> Skvoretz, Roberts et al.), affiliation networks and blockmodeling
> (Breiger, Borgatti, Everett and many others), generalized blockmodeling
> (Doreian, Batagelj, Ferligoj) etc.
>
> ANT is quite different than SNA in many respects. (Have people in this
> list ever heard about ANT?) It's funny but Bruno Latour believes quite
> the opposite to what Barry Wellman considers about SNA (and more or less I
> agree with Barry - but I was wondering, Barry, is this the Toronto-Paris
> anti-link? :-) Latour stresses that ANT is a method or a tool and it
> is different from a network in the same way that drawing with a pencil is
> not the same thing as drawing the shape of a pencil.. In any case, until
> now, I haven't seen any analytical or formal work in ANT and this is
> normal because of its interpretive priorities. But even in this respect,
> it's hard to compare, say, Harrison White and Eric Leifer with
> Bruno Latour and John Law. Sometimes, reading the most provocative
> manifestos of the field, I have the feeling that ANT deliberately confuses
> contextualism with relationism and constructivist anti-essentialism with
> structural anti-individualism. But I'm not sure, I might have
> misunderstood their arguments.
>
> Regards,
>
> --Moses Boudourides
>
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>
> On Thu, 5 Jan 2006, E.Todeva wrote:
>
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>> Yes, I agree with you that 'network science' is more appropriate for what 
>> we are aiming at, and that 'actors' can incorporate a broad range of 
>> 'social/cultural/technological' artefacts such as organisations and web 
>> pages.
>>
>>
>>
>> I am not sure though how SNA deals with heterogeneity, and what are the 
>> appropriate methods/ methodologies.
>>
>>
>>
>> Emanuela Todeva
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>>
>> From: Stanley Wasserman [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Thu 05/01/2006 20:11
>> To: Todeva E Dr (SoM)
>> Subject: Re: SNA is not a method
>>
>>
>>
>> just because it is called "social" does not mean it only deals with
>> people.
>> social network analysis deals with interrelations among social
>> actors, which can be
>>     nations, organizations, webpages, and so on.
>> to me, it all should be referred to as "network science".
>>
>>
>> On Jan 5, 2006, at 2:15 PM, E.Todeva wrote:
>>
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>> > Dear Barry,
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Knowing the legacy of your contributions I understand why you would
>> > like to defend this position. But maybe we need to re-think this.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > What about calling 'Network Analysis' a paradigm that incorporates:
>> >
>> > 'social network analysis' with
>> >
>> > 'business network analysis',
>> >
>> > 'actor-network theory', and other methods / approaches /
>> > methodologies for network analysis.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Can we go beyond interconnected human beings, to interconnected
>> > organisations and business units, and even heterogeneous systems of
>> > interconnected people, organisations, institutions, assets/
>> > resources, technological/cultural artefacts... My social capital is
>> > not only my social contacts, and I hardly could capitalise on all
>> > potential social contacts that I have through SOCNET (for example).
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Emanuela Todeva
>> >
>> > University of Surrey, UK
>> >
>> > ________________________________
>> >
>> > From: Social Networks Discussion Forum on behalf of Barry Wellman
>> > Sent: Thu 05/01/2006 18:15
>> > To: [log in to unmask]
>> > Subject: SNA is not a method
>> >
>> >
>> >
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>> > Dear Sergio Romero (and others),
>> >
>> > Your homework assignment is to write 100 times:
>> >
>> > "Social Network Analysis is not 'a method' but a paradigm.
>> > A way of looking at the social world and analyzing it."
>> >
>> > To see it as only a method is to miss the whole point of SNA.
>> >
>> >  Barry, INSNA founder
>> >  _____________________________________________________________________
>> >
>> >   Barry Wellman         Professor of Sociology        NetLab Director
>> >   wellman at chass.utoronto.ca  http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman
>> >
>> >   Centre for Urban & Community Studies          University of Toronto
>> >   455 Spadina Avenue    Toronto Canada M5S 2G8    fax:+1-416-978-7162
>> >              To network is to live; to live is to network
>> >  _____________________________________________________________________
>> >
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