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> 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  

Dear Ryan,

A relation is local, while a tension is an effect at the systems level. Of
course, one may experience a local relation as a tension reflexively. Some
relations will contain more tension than others because of the

With best wishes, 


Loet Leydesdorff

Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)
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