The Living Thing / Notebooks : Tolerance, multiculturalism, integration, ghettoisation and xenophobic panic

Noisy chaos of notes about the cultivation of tolerance and cooperation between people in the presence of cultural, ethnic, sexual (etc) difference. An inverse to neofeudalism, and a twin perhaps to cooperation.

Separate but equal?

Research group finds creating boundaries key to reducing ethnic violence.

Deep canvassing

Has a fascinating history, what with the famous LaCour study, which was fake, and the Broockman and Kalla study, which was real. There is a convenient Dave McRaney podcast on this theme.

For real this time: Talking to people about gay and transgender issues can change their prejudices.


Bernhard, H., Fischbacher, U., & Fehr, E. (2006) Parochial altruism in humans. Nature, 442(7105), 912–915. DOI.
Bohannon, J. (2016) For real this time: Talking to people about gay and transgender issues can change their prejudices. Science. DOI.
Bowles, S., & Gintis, H. (2004) The evolution of strong reciprocity: cooperation in heterogeneous populations. Theoretical Population Biology, 65(1), 17–28. DOI.
Broockman, D., & Kalla, J. (2016) Durably reducing transphobia: A field experiment on door-to-door canvassing. Science, 352(6282), 220–224. DOI.
Dinesen, P. T., & Sønderskov, K. M.(2013) Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: The Role of Exposure in the Micro-Context. Ethnic Diversity and Social Capital.
Jackson, M. O.(2009) Social Structure, Segregation, and Economic Behavior. Presented as the Nancy Schwartz Memorial Lecture.
Johnsrud, L. K., & Sadao, K. C.(1998) The Common Experience of “Otherness”: Ethnic and Racial Minority Faculty. The Review of Higher Education, 21(4), 315–342. DOI.
Kokkonen, A., Esaiasson, P., & Gilljam, M. (2014) Migration-based Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: A Multilevel Analysis of How Country, Neighbourhood and Workplace Diversity Affects Social Trust in 22 Countries. Scandinavian Political Studies.
Nannestad, P., Svendsen, G. T., Dinesen, P. T., & Sønderskov, K. M.(2014) Do institutions or culture determine the level of social trust? The natural experiment of migration from non-western to western countries. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(4), 544–565.
Peter Skerry. (2002, December 1) Beyond Sushiology: Does Diversity Work?. Brookings Institution.
Richerson, P. J., & Boyd, R. (2001) The evolution of subjective commitment to groups: A tribal instincts hypothesis. Evolution and the Capacity for Commitment, 3, 186–220.
Rutherford, A., Harmon, D., Werfel, J., Gard-Murray, A. S., Bar-Yam, S., Gros, A., … Bar-Yam, Y. (2014) Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e95660. DOI.