Social Networks and Categories

An interesting post from Graham Durant-Law pointing to a republished 1965 article by Harrison White on the ability to discern categories within social networks.

“In this article White introduces the notion of a “catnet”, where he brings together the ideas of categories and networks – hence catnet. The idea at the time was quite novel, yet now it seems obvious – people who are alike in some way will form networks (birds of a feather flock together). White’s contribution was how to represent the various categories that might be found in a network. Further by bringing together network analysis and categories like race, gender, or education, he was able to show that categories are an artificial construct that aid understanding but of themselves are not sufficient.”

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