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Network Theory

On February 2010 a bunch of network scholars (including me) convened in a workshop in USC (the Annenberg School) to talk about Network Theory. The strength of the workshop was in its ability to bring interdisciplinary perspectives about network theory to one table. The videos, powerpoints and reports of each one of the talks are available on the ANN (Annenberg Networks Network) website.

As a result, the IJoC (International Journal of Communication) dedicated a volume to network theory.

Here are the papers presented in that volume (they are fully accessible in the following links):

Prologue to the Special Section: Network Multidimensionality in the Digital Age by Manuel Castells, Peter Monge, Noshir Contractor

Introduction to the Workshop: The Promise of Network Theory by Manuel Castells

A Network Theory of Power by Manuel Castells

Fuzziness of Inclusion/Exclusion in Networks by Karine Nahon

Networks of Power, Degrees of Freedom by Yochai Benkler

Multidimensional Networks and the Dynamics of Sociomateriality: Bringing Technology Inside the Network by Noshir Contractor, Peter Monge, Paul M. Leonardi

The Flip Side of Metcalfe’s Law: Multiple and Growing Costs of Network Exclusion by Rahul Tongia, Ernest J. Wilson III

The Ever Evolving Web: The Power of Networks by Wendy Hall

Networks, Societies, Spheres: Reflections of an Actor-network Theorist by Bruno Latour

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  1. Bernard says:

    A useful complementary reading: Y. Rumpala, “Knowledge and praxis of networks as a political project”, Twenty-First Century Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, November 2009
    (also available at: http://yannickrumpala.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/tracing-and-reconfiguring-networks-to-build-a-political-alternative/).

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