Department of Computational Social Science Seminar-BOGLE

Friday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

Can Computational Modeling Aid in Creating an Integrated Identity Theory?

Gary Bogle, PhD Student
Department of Computational Social Science
George Mason University

Questions of identity occur across the social sciences. In psychology, identity refers to the process by which people develop and maintain a sense of self apart from others. In sociology, identity refers to how individuals within groups define and maintain group cohesiveness. Identity in politics builds on this by analyzing political actions taken by groups based on class, ethnicity or national origin. These different views of identity share the idea that identity formation and maintenance is a process that operates at both the individual and group level; however, they do not share the same theories of how this process operates. In fact, they do not even share the same level of analysis when referring to identity processes. This talk will explore these issues with an eye towards examining how computational modeling can be leveraged to create an integrated identity theory.