"Building sustainable societies: The emergence of social categories in networks of cooperation and competition"
University of Groningen - Social psychology
Prof.dr. T.T. Postmes (University of Groningen)
prof.dr. T.A.B Snijders (University of Groningen)
Dr. K. Durrheim (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
15 August 2015 - 15 August 2018
Erasmus Mundus Inspire Scholarship
The proposed research aims to generate insight into how people establish cooperative networks and how these networks may be sustained over time. To explore this question we will draw on the social identity perspective and network theory; two highly significant bodies of literature in the social sciences. The integration of these two theories has not yet been attempted due to methodological and statistical constraints. However, exciting new innovations have now made this integration possible. The project will pioneer the use of, and further develop, an experimental tool – the Virtual Interaction Application (VIAPPL). VIAPPL has been designed in South Africa to study large, emerging networks and multiple social categories. Furthermore, the project will also pioneer the application of cutting-edge advances in the social network field, namely event-based longitudinal modeling. These advanced methods allow us to understand the social phenomena which will arise in the emerging VIAPPL networks of cooperation and competition. Through methodological and statistical advances, which this project will pioneer, this project aims to considerably advance the scope and integration of social science research, both conceptually and methodology.