***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hello All, I am interested in looking at the implication of networks in efforts to develop new scales of fisheries governance in New England. Scholars who apply the concepts of 'Cultural Politics' and 'Localities' to understanding natural resource struggles suggest that relational networks tie together the multiple practices, processes and discourses that transform places and people (Hugh Raffles 2002, Donald Moore 1998, Anna Tsing 2001). While these are apt conceptual lens for investigating struggles by fishermen, NGO's and others for greater participation in regional fisheries Councils, I have been unable to find where these scholars have been able to show the substance of the networks they describe. In the fisheries policy context I suspect that such a network analysis would need to track relations along a number of axis: ability to link with individuals and/or groups who understand and control discourse, including the ability to frame history; access to savvy political practices; ties to financial backing; multiple nodes of leadership to persevere through years of complex political processes; links to broader national and transnational fisheries governance discussions. I suspect that a person or group who has more success linking particular types of practices, processes and discourses will have a greater ability to achieve their resource governance goals. Suggestions of network analysis tools that could assist in illuminating relational networks of practices, processes and discourses would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Robert Snyder PhD Candidate, Anthropology, York University -- Rob Snyder Vice President of Programs Island Institute 386 Main St. Rockland, ME 04841 207-594-9209x142 _____________________________________________________________________ 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.