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Modelling the emergence and dynamics of social and workplace segregation

Abdou, M and Gilbert, GN (2009) Modelling the emergence and dynamics of social and workplace segregation Mind and Society, 8 (2). pp. 173-191.

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Abstract

The relationship between social segregation and workplace segregation has been traditionally studied as a one-way causal relationship mediated by referral hiring. In this paper we introduce an alternative framework which describes the dynamic relationships between social segregation, workplace segregation, individuals’ homophily levels, and referral hiring. An agent-based simulation model was developed based on this framework. The model describes the process of continuous change in composition of workplaces and social networks of agents, and how this process affects levels of workplace segregation and the segregation of social networks of the agents (people). It is concluded that: (1) social segregation and workplace segregation may co-evolve even when hiring of workers occurs mainly through formal channels and the population is initially integrated (2) majority groups tend to be more homophilous than minority groups, and (3) referral hiring may be beneficial for minority groups when the population is highly segregated.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Abdou, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gilbert, GNUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : December 2009
Identification Number : 10.1007/s11299-009-0056-3
Copyright Disclaimer : The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11299-009-0056-3
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Sep 2016 07:30
Last Modified : 06 Sep 2016 07:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811979

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