5. Conclusions

  1. Flaminio Squazzoni

Published Online: 12 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119954200.ch5

Agent-Based Computational Sociology

Agent-Based Computational Sociology

How to Cite

Squazzoni, F. (2012) Conclusions, in Agent-Based Computational Sociology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119954200.ch5

Author Information

  1. University of Brescia, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470711743

Online ISBN: 9781119954200

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Keywords:

  • agent-based computational sociology;
  • heterogeneity

Summary

This chapter draws some lessons from the use of agent-based computational sociology, emphasizes some challenges and the prospects of this type of research and suggests some measures to increase its recognition. Exploring the heterogeneity rather than bringing individual action back to a general rational choice model, not only is a means to base sociology on more realistic foundations but it also clears the way for understanding why and how agent interaction is responsible for complex social outcomes. Sociologists are being called on to accept the challenge of large-scale, high-tech, trans-disciplinary research and they have to play this game in an increasingly global and competitive scientific landscape. Otherwise, it is probable that sociological research will be carried out mainly outside our discipline and by nonsociologists.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

heterogeneity sampling