March 31, 2008

· Sociology

Network theory is well-known for its evocative vocabulary, but sometimes what that language of structures and relations evokes can seem a little … antiseptic. Via Jacob Christiansen, however, comes the excellent Swedish term gubbslem:

Apperently gubbslem – which would translate into something like geezer phlegm – is the popular Swedish expression for what is otherwise known as old-boys networks. In the physical world gubbslem is a kind of algae.


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I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.



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