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Social networks are popular paradigm in modern sociology. Apart from Giddens’ structuration theory, these two theoretical approaches allowed to break the dominance of functionalism. Functionalism was accused of adopting a static perspective of social structure. Social networks, by not establishing a clear equilibrium and rejecting teleology, were becoming a dynamic approach that allow analyzing dynamic social processes of recent years. However, closer look at network analysis shows that this paradigm blocks social reality more precisely than functionalism. One argument is particularly important. The change in the nature of connections between network units, in particular in the form of eliminating equilibrium and adopting pragmatic ontology in its place (basing the system on interactions in relation to symbolic interactionism), caused that network structure has become a unified chain of connections.  A particular element of system not only produces activities in the system, but also becomes the recipient of other entities’ decisions. Assuming that contemporary social reality is characterized by growing complexity of social world, system units produce and receive more and more stimuli. This causes the units 1) to stop receiving necessary information because of their excessive accumulation, and therefore 2) becomes unable to make a decision. It cannot 3) effectively analyze information, because 4) it lacks time. The issue of interests and activities of system units also overlaps with this problem. If unit undertakes the same actions with the same interest as other units, assuming limited system resources, it is obvious that this leads to mutual blocking of the entities' activities. This leads to decision inertia, because units are unable to implement actions, which affects the blocking of entire system chain of actions. In this way, networks becomes dysfunctional, contradictions grow within it, which leads to increasing conflicts and blockades throughout the entire network.

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Mateusz Ambrożek (Poland) 8258
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