***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Le 22 mai 06, à 08:11, Nicole Suveges a écrit : > I used to LOVE this list, and the political slant has COMPLETELY > alienated > me. > > UNSUBSCRIBE, pls. Nicole, maybe you should just blacklist the "Threat to Democracy" thread. It would be quite a symbol, though :o) Steve, i agree with your newspeak point and won't argue (much) more. Just a word speaking about references: Boissevain, in a quite extreme and activistic way, blamed classical anthropologists for bringing theoretical justifications to dictatorships (see appendix). This is one of the main intimidating arguments he used to support his thesis. His thesis, as you probably know better than i do, is that one should study how individuals are linked to each other rather than which social classes they belong to. In other words, structural-functionalism (or whatever it was) was a threat to democracy, SNA (or something tasting much similar) the way out this trap. I personally think his judgement was far too extreme, witch-hunting-like, and sounding much more like the guy who can't manage to get on with his colleagues and decides some day it is all their fault. But i do believe that thinking about the (good and bad) ways our (neutral) tools and theories can be used is healthy, and can sometimes lead to new tools and theories. Anyway it's worth the 5-days over-traffic on a list which will have forgotten it a couple of weeks later. APPENDIX `` an interesting political application of the consensus model is that of the corporate state introduced by Mussolini, Franco and Salazar. In Italy, Spain and Portugal, the regimes were or still are based on a concept of social order that assumes that `capital and labour, or owners of the means of production and workers, do not have conflicting interests to be expressed in syndical or political strife, but complementary interests to be dealt with harmoniously' [here a footnote to another ref]. Those who support consensus theory are not all conservative, but it is interesting that the corporate state was adopted at the same time as functional social theory. '' J. Boissevain, Friends of Friends, 1974 p. 10 (Introduction) -- Christophe Prieur, LIAFA, University Paris 7 Denis Diderot (+33/0)220.127.116.11.42 http://liafa.jussieu.fr/~prieur [log in to unmask] -- Christophe. _____________________________________________________________________ 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.