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Dynamics and Diversity in Epistemic Communities

O'Connor, Cailin and Bruner, Justin (2017) Dynamics and Diversity in Epistemic Communities. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Bruner (2017) shows that in cultural interactions, members of minority groups will learn to interact with members of majority groups more quickly---minorities tend to meet majorities more often as a brute fact of their respective numbers---and, as a result, may come to be disadvantaged in situations where they divide resources. In this paper, we discuss the implications of this effect for epistemic communities. We use evolutionary game theoretic methods to show that minority groups can end up disadvantaged in academic interactions like bargaining and collaboration as a result of this effect. These outcomes are more likely, in our models, the smaller the minority group. They occur despite assumptions that majority and minority groups do not differ with respect to skill level, personality, preference, or competence of any sort. Furthermore, as we will argue, these disadvantaged outcomes for minority groups may negatively impact the progress of epistemic communities.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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O'Connor, Cailincailino@uci.edu
Bruner, Justinjustin.bruner@anu.edu.au
Keywords: evolution, bargaining, collaboration, epistemic community, norms, feminist epistemology, social epistemology, evolutionary game theory, social learning
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Cailin O'Connor
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 02:10
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 20:54
Item ID: 12035
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 13 November 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12035

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