CSH Talk by Balázs Lengyel: "Inequality is rising where social network segregation interacts with urban topology" - CSH

CSH Talk by Balázs Lengyel: “Inequality is rising where social network segregation interacts with urban topology”


Nov 28, 2019 | 15:0016:00

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The lecture by Balázs Lengyel from ANET LAB will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.

 

Room: Salon

 

Abstract:

 

Social networks amplify inequalities due to fundamental mechanisms of social tie formation such as homophily and triadic closure. These forces sharpen social segregation reflected in network fragmentation. Yet, little is known about what structural factors facilitate fragmentation. In this paper we use big data from a widely-used online social network to demonstrate that there is a significant relationship between social network fragmentation and income inequality in cities and towns. We find that the organization of the physical urban space has a stronger relationship with fragmentation than unequal access to education, political segregation, or the presence of ethnic and religious minorities. Fragmentation of social networks is significantly higher in towns in which residential neighborhoods are divided by physical barriers such as rivers and railroads and are relatively distant from the center of town. Towns in which amenities are spatially concentrated are also typically more socially segregated. These relationships suggest how urban planning may be a useful point of intervention to mitigate inequalities in the long run.

 

Link to the paper:  https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.11414

 

If you are interested in participating, please email to office@csh.ac.at.

 

Details

Date
Nov 28, 2019
Time
15:00—16:00

Organizer

Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Phone
+43 1 59991 600
Email
office@csh.ac.at
Website
www.csh.ac.at

Venue

Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Josefstaedter Straße 39
Wien,1080
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Phone
+43 1 59991 600
Website
www.csh.ac.at