NetLogo User Community Models
Immigrant, Leadership and Social change
by Han shuyu (Submitted: 11/16/2012)
## WHAT IS IT?
Immigrant studies have become a popular psychosocial area to study and their impact to the current society is one of the topics.There are studies about segregation, especially in those societies with immigrants. While social influence is a model to understand how individuals could influence each other through dynamic interactions. Instead of solely looking at segregation or social influence seperately, this model is built to examine the pattern of social change by assuming the social segregation and influence occur at the same time. It's designed to examine the quantity, quality of immigrants and impacts caused to the society. The attitudes toward in-group and out-group, the proportion of immigrants, the quality of immigrants (leader-like characteristics which represent the degree of individual's influencial ability) are the variables used in this model. Different values of these variables could cause the social pattern changes in different manner.
## HOW IT WORKS
There are four types of turtles, red representing leaders of immigrants, orange representing normal individuals of immigrants, blue representing leaders locals, cyan representing normal individuals of locals.
## HOW TO USE IT
Before setup, users need to set the "Empty-Rate", "Imm-percentage", "Percent-Similar-Wanted","Leaders-percentage-Loc", "Leaders-percentage-Imm", "Leader-Strth" and "Normal-Strth".
## THINGS TO NOTICE
The numbers of these four types of turtles and pattern of changing.
## THINGS TO TRY
What is the pattern of changing if empty rate set to be 1?
## EXTENDING THE MODEL
More types of turtles can be added in, which make the society more complex. In real society, there are variety kinds of people with different influential abilities, not only two types as shown in this model. Will it make any difference when there are more types of individuals with variety influential abilities ?
## RELATED MODELS
"Segregation" and "Voting" model are the reference models from model library.
## CREDITS AND REFERENCES
Nigel, G., & Pietro, T. (2000). How to build and use agent-based models in social science. Mind & Society, 1, 57-72.
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