Archive for June, 2012

Group Function: Preliminaries

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Groups may be viewed as operators on the social world. They take a context and modify it. This context modification includes that which is responsible for the advantaging of intentional interests of the members, but is not limited to that. We can write this quickly as F(G): C → C But to ...

Notation Revision

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Revise the notation to be suggestive of the standard terminology in intentional psychology – which is to say BDA psychology. The least disruptive change I judge to be as follows: B(x)[ argument ] is the 'belief' of x about ‘argument’, which replaces E(x)[ argument ] D(x)[ argument ] is the 'desire' ...

Interests Revisited

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Interests A significant part of the standard conception of a group is that group membership is valued because it is estimated that it will advance particular interests that are salient and weighty for the group member. We previously said that where a group is generally believed to particularly advance the interest ...

Recruitment, Retirement, Retention, and Resistance

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In order for G to retain its membership it needs to be the case that continuing membership of G is believed to be more likely to advance the salient and weighty interests of x than relinquishing membership of G. This Retention Condition may be expressed as follows: For x ∈ |G|, Let ...

Rudimentary Dominance Structure in Organizations

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Previously, we have said that groups are organized wrt subsets of the membership, thus: O(G) = {r1, …, rn} ∈ 2|G| is the Organization of G, where ri are the roles in G, satisfying (∀x ∈ |G|)(∃r ∈ O(G)) [x ∈ r] (∀x ∈ |G|)(∀ri, rj ∈ O(G)) [x ∈ ri & x ...

Micro analysis of power relationships

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Blalock and Wilken (Intergroup Processes, NY: Free Press, 1979, p. 330) note that there are at least two conceptions of social power that are in play in sociological theorizing. The first conception concerns the actual achievement of goals and may apply more readily to larger scale elements of the sociological ...

A Selection of Actions in the World of Groups

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A Selection of Actions in the World of Groups There are a number of actions in the social world that can be associated with groups as actors. The following are actions that are associated with single groups. Formation: A group is formed when several individuals come together. A book club is formed to ...

Modelling a Social Agent: Part 2 (Imperfect Rationality)

Friday, June 15th, 2012

The perfectly informed and perfectly rational agent (assumed here) is acceptable for a first approximation of agency; however, it is reasonably easy to modify the formulae above to take account of various forms of imperfection. Functions and variables, V say, that are estimated by x or are otherwise subjective wrt x ...

Modelling a Social Agent: Part 1 (Preliminaries)

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The fundamental atom of social theory must be the individual agent. We are interested in those aspects of the agent that are relevant to its role in the social world. The agent is first of all an actor, acting to improve the degree of satisfaction of its interests. The model for ...

Interests and Organizations

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Group Definition A group is essentially an organization of individuals in pursuit of their common interests. Each individual has an interest That interest is advanced by group action An organization exists to coordinate the actions of members in pursuit of that interest Interests and Satisfaction Let I(x) = {i1, …, in} be the Interests of ...