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The diversity puzzle : explaining clustering and polarization of opinions

By Michael Mäs

Abstract

This book is concerned with explaining the dynamics that social influence causes in groups. Under what conditions will the members of a group find a consensus? Is it possible that homogeneous groups split up into clusters with opposing opinions? Why do groups sometimes polarize in the sense that differences between subgroups increase over time? Existing theories imply that social influence causes convergence cascades which eventually end up with perfect uniformity. Empirical evidence, however, shows that opinion

Topics: Groepsdynamica, Sociale beèinvloeding; Meningsverschillen; vooroordeel en beèinvloeding; attitude
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:ub.rug.nl:dbi/4cd7d42b46281
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