By Noah E. Friedkin
This publication describes how a community of interpersonal effect can function to shape agreements between people who occupy assorted positions in a bunch or association. It offers an account of consensus formation that's certain in its integration of labor from the fields of social psychology and sociology excited by team dynamics and social constructions.
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Extra resources for A Structural Theory of Social Influence (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences)
1 Strongly Constraining Structures In a strongly constraining social structure the opinions and behaviors of actors are determined mainly by institutionalized status characteristics and power structures. 2 Social Process and Institutions 11 and political movements, and demographic trends. In a strongly constraining social structure, there is a clear set of material exigencies and normative expectations, and therefore little ambiguity or confusion about the appropriate opinions and actions in a domain of issues and situations.
Of course, within the context of the bundle of interpersonal influences on an actor whose selfweight is not maximal (and therefore who is influenced by others), the stronger the influence of an actor k in this bundle, the stronger the relative weight of k. 10) In the first case (A = O), endogenous interpersonal influences are negligible and actors' equilibrium opinions are their initial opinions. In the second case (A = I), endogenous interpersonal influences are dominant and exogenous conditions have no direct impact on opinions other than forming the actors' initial opinions on an issue.
237) The assumption of such a balance was introduced (Friedkin and Johnsen 1990) as a constraint that confines equilibrium opinions to the range of initial opinions. Without this constraint, the social influence process can result in equilibrium opinions that "breach" the range or convex hull of initial opinions, a result that is grossly inconsistent with experimental evidence (Friedkin and Cook 1990). 5) for £ = 2, 3,. . The network "norm" at time t is the weighted average, S/^i/yf ~1)' an<^ t n e rev i se< i opinion of an actor at time t is a weighted average of this "norm" and the actor's initial opinion, y\1].
A Structural Theory of Social Influence (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) by Noah E. Friedkin