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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


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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
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> From: Social Networks Discussion Forum on behalf of Barry Wellman
> Sent: Thu 05/01/2006 18:15
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> 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
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