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Discrimination Norms Enforced and Disrupted by Social Networks: A Research Program Using Simulation and Experiments

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA 

 Organization address address: Piazza Del Mercato 15
city: BRESCIA
postcode: 25121

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Flaminio
Cognome: Squazzoni
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 0302988892
Fax: +39 0302988893

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Totale costo 0 €
 EC contributo 196˙516 €
 Programma FP7-PEOPLE
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call FP7-PEOPLE-IEF-2008
 Funding Scheme MC-IEF
 Anno di inizio 2010
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2010-01-01   -   2011-08-31

 Partecipanti

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1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA

 Organization address address: Piazza Del Mercato 15
city: BRESCIA
postcode: 25121

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Flaminio
Cognome: Squazzoni
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 0302988892
Fax: +39 0302988893

IT (BRESCIA) coordinator 196˙516.12

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limited    discrimination    negative    practices    basis    segregation    traits    tries    mechanisms    social    network   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'Recognizable traits (gender, ethnicity, hair color) often provide a basis for negative discrimination, even if there is no statistical basis for differentiation. Still, people act differently towards persons with different traits, as if they had different qualities, for instance with regard to work efficiency. This leads to severe conflicts if discrimination provokes prejudice and stigmatizing that in practice mostly target asymmetrically members of one, disadvantaged category. The proposed research program enriches existing theories about the emergence and maintenance of discrimination by a new perspective: it aims to model mechanisms based on social network relations and incorporates them into the explanations. It tries to find answers under which structural configurations discrimination practices are likely to occur and under which network conditions they can be best avoided. For answering these questions, innovative methodologies will be used: agent-based simulation and experiments. These techniques have only been used to a limited extent targeting the problem of discrimination, but offer a huge potential to extend our limited insight into social mechanisms that maintain discrimination practices. With the help of these methods, the proposed research tries to delineate conditions under which an endogenous breakdown of negative discrimination is promoted by social networks. Particular attention will be devoted to cases of fierce intergroup opposition, in which network segregation is aligned with negative discrimination. Results are expected to help forming efficient policies for fighting discrimination and segregation. The practical objectives of the application are to further develop the skills of the applicant in applying these methods with a help of leading experts, and to embed the research program in a multi-disciplinary environment, where important contributions can be expected from sociologists, economists, computer scientists, and historians.'

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