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On the Topology of Networks

Contemporary society can no longer be thought of as independent of the network concept. This is due to the transformation and breaking away from the metaphor of hierarchy by discourses, theories, images and institutions. The paper investigates the space occupied by the network metaphor during the past few decades. It takes as an example two distinctive theoreticians who have tried to systematically map out the conditions of a 'network', namely Manuel Castells and Albert-László Barabási. The analysis attempts to elucidate why the issue of 'networks' is not primarily a question of a conceptual tool but rather one that should be approached ontologically.