***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** 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 homepage: http://www.valt.helsinki.fi/staff/lonkila e-mail: [log in to unmask] _____________________________________________________________________ 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.