Archive for the ‘Sociology’ Category

Institutions

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

A class of ensembles can be defined for which the EX includes the acceptance of a norm formation. Amongst the subclasses of this we shall seek to define a class of ‘institutions’ that is suitable to play the theoretical role assigned to institutions in HLSTs (but without assuming that those ...

Ensembles

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Research indicates that certain kinds of collections of agents below the level of species are sociologically significant. ‘Class’, ‘group’, and ‘organization’, for example, are all terms used to name such collections – each of them with a slightly different intention and occupying a slightly different role in some sociological theory. ...

Short Reading List on Sociological Identity

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

A Conceptual Model of Multiple Dimensions of Identity by Susan R. Jones, Marylu K. McEwen, Journal of College Student Development, V 41, No. 4, July/August 2000 A conceptual model of multiple dimensions of identity depicts a core sense of self or one’s personal identity. Intersecting circles surrounding the core identity represent significant identity dimensions  ...

Identity

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Let X be an ensemble and x an individual. This individual may or may not be aware of their membership status wrt X, and may or may not correctly understand their status Bx[ x ∈ X ]Bx[ x ∉ X ] x ∈ XIdentityFalse Alienity x ∉ XFalse IdentityAlienity ~Bx[ x ...

Agent Based Modelling Material

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Ascape Model Developer's Manual Individual-Based Models:an annotated list of links by Craig Reynolds Introduction to Stochastic Actor-Based Models for Network Dynamics (pdf) by Tom A.B. Snijdersy, Gerhard G. van de Buntz, Christian E.G. Steglichx This paper gives an introduction to stochastic actor-based models for dynamics of directed networks, using only a minimum of mathematics. The focus ...

Norms

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Amongst the beliefs that are important in the subjective determination of interest-maximising behaviour are some that impose restrictions on the kinds of actions that the agent believes are permissible in certain circumstances. Such beliefs are beliefs about norms of action. Actions which fall outside the range permitted by the appropriate ...

Norms and Institutions

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

A Norm is an action-directing rule, n. an agent x is an Acceptant of the norm n iff x accepts the rule n. K(n) = {x: B(x)[ n ]} We can discover whether x accepts a norm by observation of his behaviour A Norm Formation is a set of norms, N = {n1, ...

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 ...