Journal article

Diversity and Community Can Coexist

Alex Stivala, Garry Robins, Yoshihisa Kashima, Michael Kirley

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

We examine the (in)compatibility of diversity and sense of community by means of agent-based models based on the well-known Schelling model of residential segregation and Axelrod model of cultural dissemination. We find that diversity and highly clustered social networks, on the assumptions of social tie formation based on spatial proximity and homophily, are incompatible when agent features are immutable, and this holds even for multiple independent features. We include both mutable and immutable features into a model that integrates Schelling and Axelrod models, and we find that even for multiple independent features, diversity and highly clustered social networks can be incompatible on th..

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Grants

Awarded by Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD)


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Awarded by Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) on its Peak Computing Facility at the University of Melbourne, an initiative of the Victorian Government, Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

Work by Alex Stivala was funded in part by the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD), grant number FA2386-15-1-4020. This research was supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) grant number DP130100845 and Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) grant numbers VR0261 and VR0297 on its Peak Computing Facility at the University of Melbourne, an initiative of the Victorian Government, Australia. We also used the University of Melbourne ITS Research Services high-performance computing facility and support services.