Beyond Social Fragmentation: Coexistence of Cultural Diversity and Structural Connectivity Is Possible with Social Constituent Diversity

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Abstract

Social fragmentation caused by widening differences among constituents has recently become a highly relevant issue to our modern society. Theoretical models of social fragmentation using the adaptive network framework have been proposed and studied in earlier literature, which are known to either converge to a homogeneous, well-connected network or fragment into many disconnected subnetworks with distinct states. Here we introduced the diversities of behavioral attributes among social constituents and studied their effects on social network evolution. We investigated, using a networked agent-based simulation model, how the resulting network states and topologies would be affected when individual constituents’ cultural tolerance, cultural state change rate, and edge weight change rate were systematically diversified. The results showed that the diversity of cultural tolerance had the most direct effect to keep the cultural diversity within the society high and simultaneously reduce the average shortest path length of the social network, which was not previously reported in the earlier literature. Diversities of other behavioral attributes also had effects on final states of the social network, with some nonlinear interactions. Our results suggest that having a broad distribution of cultural tolerance levels within society can help promote the coexistence of cultural diversity and structural connectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NetSci-X 2020
Subtitle of host publication6th International Winter School and Conference on Network Science
EditorsNaoki Masuda, Kwang-Il Goh, Tao Jia, Junichi Yamanoi, Hiroki Sayama
PublisherSpringer
Pages171-181
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030389642
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th International School and Conference on Network Science, NetSci-X 2020 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2020 Jan 202020 Jan 23

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692

Conference

Conference6th International School and Conference on Network Science, NetSci-X 2020
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period20/1/2020/1/23

Keywords

  • Adaptive social networks
  • Constituent diversity
  • Cultural diversity
  • Social fragmentation
  • Structural connectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications

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