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Global Diversity and Local Consensus in Status Beliefs: The Role of Network Clustering and Resistance to Belief Change

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Formal models of status construction theory suggest that beliefs about the relative social worth and competence of members of different social groups can emerge from face-to-face interactions in task-focused groups and eventually become consensual in large populations. We propose two extensions of earlier models. First, we incorporate the micro-level behavioral assumption of status construction theory that people can become resistant to belief change, when a belief appears consensual in their local social environment. Second, we integrate the insight that the macro-level social structure of face-to-face interactions in large populations often is a clustered network structure. Computational experiments identify an outcome that was not anticipated by earlier formalizations. The combination of network clustering at the macro-level and resistance to belief change at the micro-level can constrain the diffusion of status beliefs and generate regional variation in status beliefs. Further experiments identify conditions under which this outcome obtains.
Tijdschrift: Sociological Science
ISSN: 2330-6696
Volume: 4
Pagina's: 611 - 640
Jaar van publicatie:2017
BOF-publication weight:10
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education