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Feb
07
2014
13.00–14.30

Research Seminar

The Dangers of Ethnocentrism


Giangiacomo Bravo, professor at Linnéuniversitetet

Humans often alter their behavior depending on the opponent's group membership, with positive (e.g., support of same-group members) or negative (e.g., stereotyping, oppression, genocide) consequences.

An influential model developed by Hammond and Axelrod highlighted the emergence of macro-level "ethnocentric cooperation'' from the aggregation of micro-level interactions based on arbitrary tags signaling group membership.

In this paper, we replicated this model and extended it to allow a wider array of possible agents' behaviors, including the possibility of harming others. This allowed us to check whether and under which conditions xenophobia can emerge beside or in alternative to ethnocentrism.

To Giangiacomo Bravo's at Linnéuniversitetet

The seminar is free of charge and is held at the Institute on Holländargatan 13 in Stockholm.
No registration is required.