Social Complexity Resources 2018-04-22T17:45:25+00:00

Social Complexity Research (12)

  • What is Social Resilience?

    What is Social Resilience?
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    Over the last decade, a growing body of literature has emerged which is concerned with the question of what form a promising concept of social resilience might take. In this article we argue that social resilience has the potential to be crafted into a coherent analytic framework that can build on scientific knowledge from the established concept of social vulnerability, and offer a fresh perspective on today’s challenges of global change.

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  • Estimatin of Social Entropy

    Estimatin of Social Entropy
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    The history of Extension Education in India is inevitably flamboyant with a proadoption approach in transfer of technology mode. The much acclaimed Green Revolution in India had been instrumental so far and so on, as some might demand, with transfer of exotic technology, external supply of input and a supply driven knowledge concept. A plethora of extension programs may be bracketed with this so called ‘Transfer of Technology’ mode.

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  • Computational Social Science

    Computational Social Science
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    We live life in the network. We check our e-mails regularly, make mobile phone calls from almost any location, swipe transit cards to use public transportation, and make purchases with credit cards.

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  • The Self-Organization of Social Movements

    The Self-Organization of Social Movements
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    The New Social Movement Approach and the Resource Mobilization Approach are the dominant approaches in social movement research. They focus either on macro-aspects and externalism or on micro-aspects and internalism.

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  • Complex Adaptive Systems in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Complex Adaptive Systems in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
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    This article examines applications of complexity theory within the behavioral and social sciences. Specific attention is given to the fundamental characteristics of complex adaptive systems (CAS)–such as individuals, groups, and societies– including the underlying structure of CAS, the internal dynamics of evolving CAS, and how CAS respond to their environment.

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  • Sociology, Chaos Theory & Complexity Science

    Sociology, Chaos Theory & Complexity Science
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    The ‘new science’ of complexity and chaos theory has grown rapidly in the last three decades aided enormously by the quantum expansion of computers and computing applications. Responding to the energy and enthusiasm of complexity scientists and publicists, social theorists have assimilated concepts of complexity and its potential impacts on sociological theory and social research.

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  • Modelling Culture with Complex, Multi-dimensional, Multi-agent Systems

    Modelling Culture with Complex, Multi-dimensional, Multi-agent Systems
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    Culture plays a significant role in human civilizations as a key determinant of relationships and organization formation, however, its role, key properties, and mechanisms are not yet fully understood. This work explores culture and cultural modelling from a complex systems, multi-dimensional, and multi-agency standpoint.

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  • A Network Theory of Social Capital

    A Network Theory of Social Capital
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    The concept of “social capital “has captured the imagination and attention of a wide range of scholars and professionals in diverse disciplines and practical arenas. Since the notion of social capital has generated multiple definitions, conceptualizations and empirical measurements…

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  • Governance: Prospects of Complexity Theory in Revisiting System Theory

    Governance: Prospects of Complexity Theory in Revisiting System Theory
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    The broadest meaning of governance is the regulation of social activities utilizing a variety of modes and mechanism of societal regulation. These range from collectively binding decisions to uncoordinated individual action guided by social norms and rationality principles. In the political science literature of the 1950s and 1960s this theoretical problem was treated in terms of “control” and “regulation” by variants of system theory.

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  • On Network Theory

    On Network Theory
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    Research on social networks has grown considerably in the last decade. However, there is a certain amount of confusion about network theory—for example, what it is, what is distinctive about it, and how to generate new theory. This paper attempts to remedy the situation by clarifying the fundamental concepts of the field (such as the network) and characterizing how network reasoning works.

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  • Networks and Institutions

    Networks and Institutions
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    Research on institutions and networks has proceeded on largely separate trajectories over the past few decades. The former is more associated with work in organizational and political sociology, and the latter serves as the wellspring of research in economic sociology. To be sure, a number of loose linkages exist between the subfields.

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  • A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology

    A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology
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    We propose a complex systems approach to the study of political belief systems, to overcome some of the fragmentation in the current scholarship on ideology. We review relevant work in psychology, sociology, and political science and identify major cleavages in the literature: the spatial vs. non-spatial divide…

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Social Complexity Course (3)

  • Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis

    Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis
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    Learn how to model social and economic networks and their impact on human behavior. How do networks form, why do they exhibit certain patterns, and how does their structure impact diffusion, learning, and other behaviors? We will bring together models and techniques from economics, sociology, math, physics, statistics and computer science to answer these questions.

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  • PhD Program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

    PhD Program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
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    Complex Systems and Brain Scientists use mathematical models and experimental measurements to study the mechanisms that underlie complex behavior in systems from molecules and cells to the brain and groups of people. This new knowledge deals with the functioning of the normal brain, the treatment of neurological diseases, and possible rehabilitation, from early childhood to old age.

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  • Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science

    Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science
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    The workshop will bring together a group of advanced graduate students and a small faculty for an intensive two week study of computational social science modeling and complexity. The workshop will consist of lectures by faculty, special topic seminars by members of the Santa Fe Institute, and presentations of work in progress by graduate student participants. The primary goal of the summer workshop is to assist graduate students pursuing research agendas which includes a computational modeling component. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to analyzing and improving research being conducted by the graduate student participants.

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Social Complexity Books (5)

  • Simulating Social Complexity: A Handbook

    Simulating Social Complexity: A Handbook
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    Social systems are among the most complex known. This poses particular problems for those who wish to understand them. The complexity often makes analytic approaches infeasible and natural language approaches inadequate for relating intricate cause and effect.

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  • Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences

    Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences
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    For the past two decades, ‘complexity’ has informed a range of work across the social sciences. There are diverse schools of complexity thinking, and authors have used these ideas in a multiplicity of ways, from health inequalities to the organization of large scale firms. Some understand complexity as emergence from the rule-based interactions of simple agents and explore it through agent-based modelling.

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  • Social Complexity, A Hidden World

    Social Complexity, A Hidden World
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    Most of us would agree that our human social world is complex, but what does that mean? There is a rich literature and tradition around human social dynamics and also around complexity, but both are largely founded on Enlightenment thinking and are significantly influenced by positivistic or post-positivistic paradigms.

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  • A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity

    A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity
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    Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. In his new book, he offers a fascinating look at how the contemporary world is characterized by an extraordinary social complexity. Since most social entities, from small communities to large nation-states, would disappear altogether if human minds ceased to exist, Delanda proposes a novel approach to social ontology that asserts the autonomy of social entities from the conceptions we have of them

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  • Relational Sociology: A New Paradigm for the Social Sciences

    Relational Sociology: A New Paradigm for the Social Sciences
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    ‘Simultaneous invention’ has become commonplace in the natural sciences, but is still virtually unknown within the sphere of social science. The convergence of two highly compatible versions of Critical Realism from two independent sources is a striking exception. Pierpaolo Donati’s Relational Sociology develops ‘upwards’ from sociology into a Realist meta-theory, unlike Roy Baskhar’s philosophy of science that works ‘downwards’ and ‘underlabours’ for the social sciences.

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Social Complexity Videos (12)

  • What is Social Network Analysis?

    What is Social Network Analysis?
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    The focus of social network analysis is on the network of relations. A social network consists of a set of actors (also called nodes or vertices) together with a set of edges (also called arcs) that link pairs of actors. Since edges can share actors (e.g., the A.B edge shares an actor with the B.C edge) this creates a connected web that we think of as a network.

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  • Systems Thinking for Social Change with David Stroh

    Systems Thinking for Social Change with David Stroh
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    David Stroh presents a talk about using Systems Thinking to address complex social issues, using his work in homelessness problems as an example of how overlapping desires, interests, and measurements create unintended effects.

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  • Why make an agent based model?

    Why make an agent based model?
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    This video explains why it is helpful to make an Agent Based Model and what the benefits are of creating a model for understanding human behaviour rather than recreating such an experiment in a laboratory setting.

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  • Methodological Individualism

    Methodological Individualism
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    Video lecture explaining Methodological Individualism

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  • Schemata

    Schemata
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    Cognitive Behavioural Therapist John Anderson explains the term "schemata".

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  • Complex Systems Symposium: Session One Keynote Speech

    Complex Systems Symposium: Session One Keynote Speech
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    This special Dartmouth symposium focused on the role of engineering sciences in complex systems and explored the key challenges that arise from engineering networks of collaborative agents.

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  • Complex Systems Symposium: Session One Panel

    Complex Systems Symposium: Session One Panel
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    This special Dartmouth symposium focused on the role of engineering sciences in complex systems and explored the key challenges that arise from engineering networks of collaborative agents.

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  • The Myth of Common Sense: Why Everything that Seems Obvious Isn't

    The Myth of Common Sense: Why Everything that Seems Obvious Isn't
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    Relying on "common sense" is the sensible thing to do, right? Not always. Although common sense can be useful for dealing with everyday problems, it can suffer from systematic failures when applied to complex problems in government, business, and marketing. Physicist-turned-sociologist Duncan Watts shows how we get duped by our shared assumptions and demonstrated how learning to question common sense can lead to better solutions.

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  • Collapse of Complex Societies by Dr. Joseph Tainter

    Collapse of Complex Societies by Dr. Joseph Tainter
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    The collapse of complex societies of the past can inform the present on the risks of collapse. Dr. Joseph Tainter, author of the book The Collapse of Complex societies, and featured in Leonardo Dicaprio's film The Eleventh Hour, details the factors that led to the collapse of past civilizations including the Roman Empire.

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  • Introduction to Social Complexity

    Introduction to Social Complexity
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    This video will focus on social complex systems that exists of people. It talks about what differentiates these social complex systems from general complex systems that exist in nature. This comes from the ideas of the famous economist Friedrich Hayek. This video emphasises the importance of realising that social scientists are part of the systems they study.

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  • Emergence of Complex Societies

    Emergence of Complex Societies
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    How and why the state emerged in human history.

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  • "Complex Social Systems" Martin Hilbert

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    World-Bank Annenberg Project on Communication and Governance Reform

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