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Call for papers for a session on

Social Behavior, Network Dynamics and Collective Outcomes in Complex Societies

at the XIX ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress of Sociology, July 15-21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

Session organizers:

Flaminio Squazzoni, GECS – Research Group on Experimental and Computational Sociology, Department of Economics and Management, University of Brescia (Italy)

Federico Bianchi, GECS – Research Group on Experimental and Computational Sociology, Department of Economics and Management, University of Brescia (Italy) 


Increasing complexity in contemporary societies is challenging social norms and institutional equilibria. Examining large-scale implications of complex interactions between heterogeneous agents when social influence pressures are present is key to understand specific norms and institutions that could help regulate collective behavior for common benefit. Here, research is needed that explores the effect of the fundamental heterogeneity of individual behavior on the emergence of social patterns. However, agents cooperate and coordinate within social network structures that yield constraints and channel opportunities of interaction. The endogenous interplay between behavior and network structures shapes the evolution of social equilibria, eventually generating non-linear unexpected outcomes. This session aims to stimulate cross-fertilization of agent-based models and social network analysis to look at the co-evolution of behavior and networks and provides new insights on the complex link between social norms and institutions. Empirically-informed research is especially welcome. Theoretical, experimental and empirical contributions, especially using computational methods, are welcome. 

Call for abstracts is still open! Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 300 words) by September, 30, 2017, 24:00 GMT, by using the conference abstract submission system, which can be found at the above link.

The International Sociological Association (ISA) gathers sociologists from all over the world from various fields and approaches. The ISA World Congress is held every 4 years and it is a unique opportunity to share research ideas worldwide. The session will be part of the RC45 – Rational Choice Research Committee (http://www.isa-sociology.org/en/research-networks/research-committees/rc45-rational-choice/). The conference website (http://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/toronto-2018/) provides additional information on ISA World Congress.

We look forward to your submissions! 

Flaminio Squazzoni ([log in to unmask])

Federico Bianchi ([log in to unmask])

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