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In his work on the characteristics of small communities, Redfield showed his familiarity with the relevant contemporary European scholarship, and in this connection he made reference also to that study of the Norwegian parish of Bremnes by John Barnes (1954), which—setting aside the occasional early formulation such as Radcliffe-Brown’s—is generally understood to have been the beginning of more organized interest in social networks in anthropology (cf. ; 1962:385). And, in one way or other, network understandings soon also figured prominently in that collective Chicago-based research enterprise devoted to Indian civilization which Redfield had a part in initiating.
In other words, social action generates events and chains of consequences which are knowable and may become known: they are not only meaningful within a framework of culturally shaped intention and interpretation but create occasions when people may transcend their understanding and knowledge as well as reproduce it. Both in conversation and in other modalities of interaction, act and response may follow each other in rapid succession, entailing a need for great swiftness in the interpretation of the acts of the other.
Conceptualising Society (European Association of Social Anthropologists) by Adam Kuper