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The Stone Soup Experiment
Author: Deborah Downing Wilson

ISBN: 9780226289809
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 11 September 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.5
The Stone Soup Experiment tells the often surprising story of a cultural simulation game the author entered into with a class of undergraduate psychology students in the spring of 2008. It was part of a participatory science investigation designed to shed light on the ways culture emerges in newly-forming groups and the ways common understandings are developed among potential group members. As a researcher, Downing Wilson hoped to see evidence of the students' identification with their groups, the invention and elaboration of cultural conventions and materials, as well as the borrowing and adaptation of cultural products from other groups when they came into contact with each other. Despite her knowledge from the relevant literature, the author was surprised by the strong emotional investments demonstrated by all of those involved, by the almost immediate formation of well-defined in-group vs. out-group boundaries, by the complexity and intensity of the negotiations that took place when these boundaries were breached, and by the sustained identification with the natal" group long after the simulation phase of the investigation was ov...

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