Worlds Apart: Collective Action in Simulated Agrarian and by Richard L. Dukes (auth.)

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45 THE SECOND ROUND In STARPOWER players may experience movement from one social class to another. After this motility, they know that wealth determines group membership, and they know that later in the game, group membership will be perfectly consolidated with authority. The groups are the decisive factor in the game. Especially in the agrarian version, the enactment of individual strategies by triangles most likely will be a frustrating and unsuccessful experience. In the industrial version, players can pursue individual strategies with relative ease and success.

Is the tendency of one group to restrict social intercourse with another (Blau, 1977: 276). Blau also uses social association to transcend weaknesses in both social psychology and functionalism. This conception of macro-social integration, rests on the face-to-face associations between individuals from different groups and strata, not on their common values or sentiments, nor on the functional interdependence among different parts, though common values and interdependence may contribute to society's integration by fostering social intercourse between members of different groups and strata (Blau, 1977: 11).

England took a stronger position earlier in the game, and the course of actual events was not followed. In the first run, all eighteen events reported in the historical data were matched to actions in the simulation, and they were found to be similar in intent. Nine events were judged equivalent in physical format, and four events took place at approximately the same point in the game as they did in the real world. One explanation that was offered by the Hermanns for the discrepancies between the timing of some events in the simulation and those which actually took place prior to World War I was the difficulty in simulating real time accurately.

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