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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(3), 107; doi:10.3390/socsci6030107

Linking Group Theory to Social Science Game Theory: Interaction Grammars, Group Subcultures and Games for Comparative Analysis

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Department of Sociology, University of Uppsala, Uppsala 75126, Sweden
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Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE), Lisbon 1649-026, Portugal
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Faculty of Managements and Economics, University of Bialystok, Bialystok 15-062, Poland
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Received: 10 April 2017 / Revised: 8 August 2017 / Accepted: 29 August 2017 / Published: 7 September 2017
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This article draws on earlier work in social system theorizing and analysis—in particular, the theory of social rule systems. On the basis of this foundational work, its aim is to systematically link theories of social groups and organizations, on the one hand, and social science game and interaction theory, on the other hand. Rule system theory has contributed to significant features of group theory and social science game theory. It is a cultural-institutional approach to conceptualizing group systems and games. We explore how groups and their particular games can be effectively described, analyzed, and compared—and their similarities and differences identified on a systematic basis. For illustrative purposes, we present a selection of several ideal types of groups: a military unit, a terrorist group, a recreational or social group, a research group, and a business entity, each of whom has a distinct rule configuration making for particular “rules of the game” and game patterns of interaction and outcome. View Full-Text
Keywords: social science game theory; interaction grammars; groups; games; rule configuration; rule system compatibility; structuring social science game theory; interaction grammars; groups; games; rule configuration; rule system compatibility; structuring
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Burns, T.R.; Roszkowska, E.; Corte, U.; Machado Des Johansson, N. Linking Group Theory to Social Science Game Theory: Interaction Grammars, Group Subcultures and Games for Comparative Analysis. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 107.

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