Antropolog Alyne Delaney
The Importance of Networking for Culture and Cultures.
Exploring the nature of groups, and the connections among them, is useful for finding ways to improve networks. Anthropology as a discipline focuses on cultural variation across human groups and in relationships among people and institutions. One way to understand the bonds among group members is to investigate the characteristics of these social networks.
As an anthropologist, my work focuses on social organization and on the ties found among cultural members. In this paper I present data from intercultural experiences in Asia where I first lived in a Japanese pottery village and later in a fishing community. In both communities, trust, indebtedness, and obligation were found to play vital roles in exchanges. In these cultural groups, both formal and informal social networks were found to be used for mutual benefit of participants through the sharing of information and opportunities.