The Performativity of Networks

  title={The Performativity of Networks},
  author={Kieran Healy},
  journal={European Journal of Sociology},
  pages={175 - 205}
  • Kieran Healy
  • Published 1 August 2015
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Sociology
Abstract The “performativity thesis” is the claim that parts of contemporary economics and finance, when carried out into the world by professionals and popularizers, reformat and reorganize the phenomena they purport to describe, in ways that bring the world into line with theory. Practical technologies, calculative devices and portable algorithms give actors tools to implement particular models of action. I argue that social network analysis is performative in the same sense as the cases… 
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