To Stay or Not to Stay? Artificial Sociality in GRASP World

Gert Jan Hofstede*, Chutao Liu

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This paper describes an agent-based model that investigates group longevity in a population in a foundational way, using theory on social relations and culture. The model is the first application of the GRASP meta-model for social agents, containing elements of Groups, Rituals, Affiliation, Status and Power. It can be considered an exercise in artificial sociality: a culture-general, content-free baseline trust model from which to engage in more specific studies. Depending on cultural settings for individualism and power distance, as well as settings for xenophobia and for the increase of trust over group life, the GRASP world model generates a variety of patterns. Number of groups ranges from one to many, composition from random to segregated and pattern genesis from rapid to many hundreds of time steps. Parallels are discussed between patterns found in GRASP world and patterns found in societies that differ on individualism, power distance and heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation
Subtitle of host publicationLooking in the Mirror
EditorsHarko Verhagen, Melania Borit, Giangiacomo Bravo, Nanda Wijermans
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030341275
ISBN (Print)9783030341268
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020
Event14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692


Conference14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018


  • Agent-based model
  • Artificial sociality
  • Culture
  • Individualism
  • Power distance
  • Status-power theory
  • Uncertainty avoidance
  • Xenophobia


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