Schelling and Axelrod:
Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity
Metropolitan University, UK.
7th – 8th, 2017.
positive orientation towards those with the same ethnicity and a
negative one towards others, is widely observed in human
societies. Several (computational agent-based) social simulation
models show how interactions between individuals emerge aspects
of ethnocentrism such as in-group bias based on ethnic markers
(Hammond & Axelrod 2006); local cultural homogeneity
combined with global polarisation (Axelrod 1997); and racial
segregation (Schelling 1971). These models have influenced
on-going research that inherits similar frameworks and
The workshop will
spotlight on-going work influenced by, or in response to, these
modelling directions in addition to critical position statements
and critiques of the assumptions that such models embody, as
well as relevant empirical studies.
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convergence and global polarization. Journal of Conflict
Hammond, R.A. & Axelrod, R. (2006). The evolution of
ethnocentrism. Journal of Conflict Resolution,
Schelling, T.C. (1971). Dynamic models of segregation. Journal
of Mathematical Sociology, 1:143-186.
workshop comprises 12 presentations and two panel discussions
over two half days (Wednesday June 7th 12:00pm-5:30pm and
Thursday June 8th 8:30am-1pm). For further details see:
and short Biographies of speakers.
Attendance is free but you
must register (click below):
The workshop will take
place in Rooms 5.02 and 5.05 at The Business School &
Student Hub Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan
University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH, UK. Maps of the location can be found here
along with transport and accommodation information.
- Bruce Edmonds,
Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan
Lessard-Phillips, Institute for Research into Superdiversity,
University of Birmingham (L.Lessard-Phillips@bham.ac.uk).
- David Hales, Centre
for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University
After the workshop we plan
to organise a special issue of a relevant journal on the subject
of the workshop including articles based on the best presentations
at the workshop. Also, depending on the outcome of the panels and
discussion, we may coordinate a collective position / review
article to accompany the special issue.