Modelling Norms

by Corinna Elsenbroich,

Crime is wrong, wrong in the sense of morally wrong. How come that none of the current models of criminal behaviour makes use of the concept of morality? We discuss the major classes of models of criminal behaviour focusing in particular on the new methodology of Agent Based Modelling. We argue that as long as any form of moral reasoning is ignored models will fall short of capturing important features for the understanding of criminal behaviour and crime prevention. This book is a contribution to the methodology of the social sciences as it provides the first systematical assessment of the contribution of Agent Based Modelling to the analysis of norms and deviance. It is also an extension of the methodology as it provides a cognitive enrichment to the largely behavioural simulation models by formalizing and implementing a moral form of reasoning. Any social scientist, from postgraduate onwards, interested in computational social science applied to normative and deviant behaviour will have an interest in reading this book.

  • Springer Netherlands; July 2013
  • ISBN 9789400770522
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  • Title: Modelling Norms
  • Author: Corinna Elsenbroich; Nigel Gilbert
  • Imprint: Springer

In The Press

From the reviews:

“It serves as a very nice introduction to the literature on modeling social norms … . The book … does a nice job balancing between discussing the theory of norms and the particular challenges brought on by modeling social phenomena. … the book is both a pleasant read and a very nice introduction to the literature.” (Ryan Muldoon, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 17 (1), 2014)

About The Author

Corinna Elsenbroich is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Surrey. Her research background is in philosophy of science and computer science. Her research interests are the methodology of simulation in the social sciences and the interrelations between reasoning, decision making and action which will here be applied to the theory of crime and morality.

Nigel Gilbert is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is the author or editor of some 18 books and numerous papers. His main interests are in the application of agent-basedmodels to a wide range of social and ecological problem areas, and the methodology of computational social science.