Blog posts in the "Diffusion" category

Rossman's Simulation in R

I really enjoyed reading Gabriel Rossman’s recent article “The Diffusion of the Legitimate and the Diffusion of Legitimacy” in Sociological Science. It is a great example of the use of simulations in social theory. In the article, Rossman argues that the way in which an innovation will diffuse depends on its categorical legitimacy. That is, if an innovation takes place in a new category which is not legitimate yet, people will not just adopt it once they become aware of it.