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Author Friedkin, Noah E., 1947-

Title Social influence network theory : a sociological examination of small group dynamics / Noah E. Friedkin, Eugene C. Johnsen
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 367 pages) : illustrations
Series Structural analysis in the social sciences ; 33
Structural analysis in the social sciences ; 33
Contents Part I. Introduction: 1. Group dynamics: structural social psychology; 2. Formalization: attitude change in influence networks; 3. Operationalization: constructs and measures; 4. Assessing the model -- Part II. Influence Network Perspective on Small Groups: 5. Consensus formation and efficiency; 6. The smallest group; 7. Social comparison theory; 8. Minority and majority factions; 9. Choice shift and group polarization -- Part III. Linkages with Other Formal Models: 10. Models of group decision-making; 11. Expectation states and affect control theory; 12. Individuals in groups; Epilogue -- Appendix A. Fundamental constructs and equations -- Appendix B. Total influences and equilibrium -- Appendix C. Formal analysis of dyadic influence systems -- Appendix D. Social positions in influence networks
Summary "Social influence network theory presents a mathematical formalization of the social process of attitude changes that unfolds in a social network of interpersonal influences. This book brings the theory to bear on lines of research in the domain of small group dynamics concerned with changes of group members' positions on an issue, including the formation of consensus and of settled disagreement, via endogenous interpersonal influences, in which group members are responding to the displayed positions of the members of the group. Social influence network theory advances a dynamic social cognition mechanism, in which individuals are weighing and combining their own and others' positions on an issue in the revision of their own positions. The influence network construct of the theory is the social structure of the endogenous interpersonal influences that are involved in this mechanism. With this theory, the authors seek to lay the foundation for a better formal integration of classical and current lines of work on small groups in psychological and sociological social psychology"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Small groups -- Research.
Social influence.
Social psychology.
Form Electronic book
Author Johnsen, Eugene C., 1932-
ISBN 1139078283 (electronic bk.)
9781139078283 (electronic bk.)