Social Networks

18 Apr 2024 13:41

Miscellaneous unsupported hunches: What sociologists, following Burt (?), call "constraint" is not a good measure of how constrained social actors are. This is because it looks only at their current actual ties, not at what other ties they could have, if they wanted to or needed to. But I should just read Burt before having a definite opinion on this.

--- Although many of the relevant papers appear in the journal Social Networks, published by Elsevier, a company known to also publish advertising disguised as peer-reviewed scientific journals (e.g., The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine), I know of no particular reason to believe that their findings are actually meretricious propaganda on behalf of a paying client. It would, however, be better if the community would shift to a journal whose publisher did not pollute the process of scientific communication whenever it was profitable to do so.