I found the discussion of social groups vs networks to be a fascinating topic from the book Networked. I hear people talk about how their group that they identify with acts or thinks. Therefore they should do the same thing. This idea frustrates me because we each in many different overlapping and separate groups. We can find ourselves with dissidents where one group we belong to conflicts with another group we belong to. We can do the same thing from the outside looking at other people. It is too easy to stereotype all people in a group to be the same. That is not fair though.
Instead we belong to networks of people. This includes family, work, social, religious, geography and so on. These networks connect and intersect regularly. You might be friends with someone you work with or you might go to church with them.
This portion of the book gave me the words to articulate what I have been thinking about for a while. I enjoy making these connections and will continue to build them.
What contradictions in your “groups” have you experienced? Does it help you to think about them as networks instead of groups?