***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Loet, How about this for an alternate suggestion: SNA is the analysis of social networks, but there are multiple definitions of "social network." Harrison White insists they are a phenomenological construct as well as a measurement construct. The Economist magazine refers to what I would call "on-line collaboration tool users" as "social networks." The social networks of Elizabeth Bott are, in some senses, different than the social networks of Duncan Watts. There is certainly commonality, but it strikes me that the methods for analysis would be different for the different definitions and that philosophical questions about our subject matter are legitimate. -Don > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Dear Emanuela, Ryan, and colleagues, > > It seems to me that we all agree that SNA is a strong tool for the analysis > of structure in data, but that the dynamics ("change") require additional > methodologies. The best one can do with SNA is comparative statics. > > The jump to a cultural narrative as the only alternative is too quickly made > for me. The cultural narrative focuses on the cases which happened to occur, > but not on what might have occurred, i.e., the statistics of the > development. I suggest that we need a calculus for this and information > theory provides us with this apparatus: > > The Static and Dynamic Analysis of Network Data Using Information Theory, > Social Networks 13 (1991) 301-345; at > http://users.fmg.uva.nl/lleydesdorff/SoNetworks91/SoNetworks91.pdf > > Of course, one also needs substantive theories for the specification of the > mechanisms. Cultural studies can be very helpful from this perspective. > > With best wishes, > > > Loet > > ________________________________ > > Loet Leydesdorff > Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) > Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam > Tel.: +31-20- 525 6598; fax: +31-20- 525 3681 > [log in to unmask] ; http://www.leydesdorff.net/ > > _____________________________________________________________________ > 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. > _____________________________________________________________________ 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.