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For graph theory and social network and on the pioneering works of Cartwright and Harary, this one is a good start... http://www.analytictech.com/mb119/chap2b.htm
Per Hage and Harold Conklin interestingly used graph theory in their social and cultural analyses, but I cannot find their papers/books Online. Personally, I like how the theory is particularly useful in kinship studies and clan/family conflicts by sorting out negative and positive relationships. Again, it's all about models.
That's a nice observation, Ilana. What if we treat Facebook as a mere medium for communication? I think we will end up treating Facebook members as message senders and receivers no different to those who use e-mails. We will focus more on the messages not on the senders and recipients of messages who are real people with cultures they express and expose on Facebook.
Facebook has evolved from being a medium to a "place" where people group themselves and form networks.
I used to hear people say "post it on Facebook," "check his photo on Facebook," or "add me on Facebook".
Now, Facebook members say "let's meet on facebook," "I saw your friend on Facebook," or "She said something on facebook."
I've never heard someone use "through Facebook" the way we use "through the Internet." Facebook, indeed, has become not just a medium for communication.
In studying Facebook we need to resist the idea that it is a `thing'….
Daniel Miller said:in your extreme reading of Facebook, how does the materiality of Facebook matter?
the kula is usually taught in social anthropology together with Mauss as an example of exchange, which then creates social relationships.... That is the level of my analogy with Facebook and at that level it really doenst matter if the exchange is pigs, photos of being drunk, wives or necklaces... the fundamental point of how this expands inersubjective space time works in both cases.... just because i do material culture doesn't mean i cant occasionally agree with the social anthropologists and say this is exchange creating relationships....
Facebook is really something.