Network

Loon, J.V., 2006. Network. Theory, Culture & Society, 23 (23), pp. 307-314.

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Abstract

Network is a device for organising and conceptualising non-linear complexity. Networks defy narrative, chronology and thus also genealogy because they entail a multiplicity of traces. Networks problematize boundaries and centrality but intensify our ability to think in terms of flows and simultaneity. As a concept, network has been highly conducive to theorizing phenomena and processes such as globalization, digital media (Internet), speed, symbiosis and complexity. This in turn enables us to rethink what constitutes the foundations of intelligence, knowledge and even life itself. One particularly useful application of network as a concept is the notion of the gift, which is often seen as the archetypical figure for understanding the nature of economics and social relationships.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Theory, Culture & Society
Creators: Loon, J.V.
Publisher: Sage Publications
Date: 2006
Volume: 23
Number: 23
Rights: Copyright 2006 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:46
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 10:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17946

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