***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** I know that when I read Mustafa Emirbayer's "Manifesto for a Relational Sociology" it all clicked for me. The only quote I have at my fingertips defines the problem nicely: "…whether to conceive of the social world as consisting primarily in substances or in processes, in static “things” or in dynamic, unfolding relations… Rational-actor and norm-based models, diverse holisms and structuralisms, and statistical ‘variable’ analyses- all of them beholden to the idea that it is entities that come first and relations among them only subsequently- hold sway throughout much of the discipline…increasingly, researchers are searching for viable analytic alternatives, approaches that reverse these basic assumptions and depict social reality instead in dynamic, continuous, and processual terms (1997:281)." Hence, the need for relationalism. SNA to me is the methods that are intimately linked to this theoretical perspective or paradigm. Emirbayer, Mustafa. 1997. “Manifesto for a Relational Sociology.” American Journal of Sociology 103:281-317. Emirbayer, Mustafa and Jeff Goodwin. 1994. “Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of Agency.” American Journal of Sociology 99:1411-54 Jordi At 01:15 PM 1/5/2006, Barry Wellman wrote: >***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > >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 > _____________________________________________________________________ > >_____________________________________________________________________ >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. Jordi Comas Visiting Assistant Professor Management Bucknell University 570 577-3161 [log in to unmask] http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jcomas Dissertation and Research Blog: www.netsweweave.blogspot.com "There is nothing so practical as a good theory." Kurt Lewin "Not all learning leads to intelligent behavior." James March _____________________________________________________________________ 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.