Computational Social Sciences

The Complexity of Social Norms

Editors: Xenitidou, Maria, Edmonds, Bruce (Eds.)

  • Takes a fresh, fundamentally dynamic and complexity inspired approach to the study of social norms
  • Presents a new methodological and theoretical perspective to study normative behavior
  • Contributing authors provide a unique and varied perspective from departments such as philosophy, economics and political science
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About this book

This book explores the view that normative behaviour is part of a complex of social mechanisms, processes and narratives that are constantly shifting. From this perspective, norms are not a kind of self-contained social object or fact, but rather an interplay of many things that we label as norms when we ‘take a snapshot’ of them at a particular instant. Further, this book pursues the hypothesis that considering the dynamic aspects of these phenomena sheds new light on them.

The sort of issues that this perspective opens to exploration include:

  • Of what is this complex we call a "social norm" composed of?
  • How do new social norms emerge and what kind of circumstances might facilitate such an appearance?
  • How context-specific are the norms and patterns of normative behaviour that arise?
  • How do the cognitive and the social aspects of norms interact over time?
  • How do expectations, beliefs and individual rationality interact with social norm complexes to effect behaviour?
  • How does our social embeddedness relate to social constraint upon behaviour?
  • How might the socio-cognitive complexes that we call norms be usefully researched?

About the authors

Maria Xenitidou is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) at the University of Surrey. Her main interests are in identity issues, the study of social regularities and contingencies, and in research methods - mainly in qualitative methods, also focusing on methods' epistemological assumptions and claims.

Bruce Edmonds is the Director of the Centre for Policy Modelling (CPM) and Senior Research Fellow in the Business School at the Manchester Metropolitan University. His interests are in all aspects of social simulation, including methodology, philosophy and applications. He has just published a handbook on “Simulating Social Complexity” with Springer.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Conundrum of Social Norms

    Xenitidou, Maria (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Misperception Is Reality: The “Reign of Error” About Peer Risk Behaviour Norms Among Youth and Young Adults

    Perkins, H. Wesley

    Pages 11-36

  • Norms and Beliefs: How Change Occurs

    Bicchieri, Cristina (et al.)

    Pages 37-54

  • Social Norms from the Perspective of Embodied Cognition

    Goldspink, Chris

    Pages 55-79

  • It Takes Two to Tango: We-Intentionality and the Dynamics of Social Norms

    Elsenbroich, Corinna

    Pages 81-103

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37845-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Complexity of Social Norms
Editors
  • Maria Xenitidou
  • Bruce Edmonds
Series Title
Computational Social Sciences
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05308-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05308-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05307-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37845-9
Series ISSN
2509-9574
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 205
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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