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Towards the evolution of social structure

Edmonds, Bruce; Norling, Emma and Hales, David (2009). Towards the evolution of social structure. Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory (CMOT), 15(2) pp. 78–94.

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To what extent can social structure result from evolutionary processes as popposed to being deliberately organised? To begin to answer this questions five different but releated social simulations are reviewed, and a map of which mechanisms might results in what structures under what conditions being started. These show that different structures can be brought about by evolutionary processes based on the abilities and propensities of the individuals. The article ends with some challenges—to construct a credible simulations of more sophisticated structures: social group selection and self-organised value chains.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
ISSN: 1572-9346
Extra Information: The original publication is available at
Keywords: simulation; evolution; social structure; embeddedness; tags; groups; cooperation; symbiosis; group selection
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 32893
Depositing User: David Hales
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2012 16:48
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 23:05
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