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Agent-Based Computational Sociology

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ISBN-10: 0470711744

ISBN-13: 9780470711743

Edition: 2012

Authors: Flaminio Squazzoni

List price: $112.00
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This book presents an introduction to agent–based computational sociology and the kind of science that is done with agent–based models. The focus is on marking the difference between what is intended for sociology as a science and what is not, emphasizes is given to the idea that the complexity of social phenomena and the peculiarities of complex social systems should not condemn sociology but to embrace qualitative un–formalised historical accounts as the only methods to do research.Cooperation and Social Norms, Social Patterns and Dynamics and Future Prospects and Challenges feature throughout the book along with an accompanying website. The website will feature instructions and codes of the models. The website will also support new functionalities, such as educational programmes, further examples and research announcements.Agent–Based Computational Sociology is written in a common sociological language, along with examples of models that look at all the traditional explanatory challenges of sociology, with focus on epistemological, methodological and substantive issues, by combining theory and examples.
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Book details

List price: $112.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/23/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
What is agent-based computational sociology all about?
Predecessors and fathers
The main ideas of agent-based computational sociology
The primacy of models
The generative approach
The micro-macro link
Process and change
The unexcluded middle
Trans-disciplinarity
What are ABMs?
A classification of ABM use in social research
References
Cooperation, coordination and social norms
Direct reciprocity and the persistence of interaction
Strong reciprocity and social sanctions
Disproportionate prior exposure
Partner selection
Reputation
The emergence of conventions
References
Social influence
Segregation dynamics
Threshold behavior and opinions
Culture dynamics and diversity
Social reflexivity
References
The methodology
The method
Replication
The querelle about segregation
The querelle about trust and mobility
Multi-level empirical validation
References
Conclusions
References
Research centers
Scientific associations
Journals
Simulation tools
References
Example I: Partner selection and dynamic networks (Boero, Bravo and Squazzoni 2010)
Example II: Reputation (Boero et al. 2010)
References
Index