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Loet and Ryan are commenting with admirable succinctness. :)

How about this: Any relationship between two "units," from a tension to a
friendship, can be considered a "vector."  Whatever the content (relational
modality)of the vector, its degree of control over the actions of the units
is a variable.  The value of the variable runs from highly cohesive
(sticky--allowing no agency by the units) to highly "friable"
(crumbly--allowing much agency by the units).  If we think of it this way,
we can compare networks on their degree of cohesiveness.  


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Loet:

>> Eisenberg and Goodall (2004) suggest that is perhaps an 
>> unresolvable tension ...

>The tension remains unresolvable if one does not specify the mechanisms.
>Indeed, the mechanisms at the level of society generate uncertainty with
>which the individual has to cope. Social network analysis provides us with
>statics or at best comparative statics, but not with the specification of
>the dynamics.

Ryan:

What is the difference between a tension and a social network?  Could one
use SNA to model "tensions"?  What is the difference between a relationship
and a tension?

Ryan Lanham  

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