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Dear socnetters,

I want to stir the pot of social network definitions with a question 
about the notion of `social´ in social networks. Can a five-year-old 
German shepherd belong to one´s social network? How about a one-month-
old baby? Compared to the dog, the small baby is clearly much less 
communicative and interactive. Moreover, the dog may well be as 
central to one´s `social´ life (e.g. though connecting the owner with 
other dog owners and dogs) than the network member with human dna...

Markku Lonkila

Markku Lonkila
Docent, PhD, Researcher
The Finnish Centre for East European Studies  
/ Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki
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