1st Edition

An Interpretive Account to Agent-based Social Simulation Using Criminology to Explore Cultural Possibilities

Edited By Martin Neumann Copyright 2024
    218 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using the investigation of criminal culture as an example application, this edited volume presents a novel approach to agent-based simulation: interpretive agent-based social simulation as a methodological and transdisciplinary approach to examining the potential of qualitative data and methods for agent-based modelling (ABM).

    Featuring updated articles as well as original chapters which provide a cohesive and novel approach to the digital humanities, the book challenges the common conviction that hermeneutics and simulation are two mutually exclusive ways to understand and explain human behaviour and social change. Exploring how methodology benefits from taking cultural complexities into account and bringing these methods together in an innovative combination of qualitative-hermeneutic and digital techniques, the book unites experts in the field to connect ABM to narrative theories, thereby providing a novel tool for cultural studies.

    An innovative methodological contribution to narrative theory, this volume will be of primary benefit to researchers, scholars, and academics in the fields of ABM, hermeneutics, and criminology. The book will also appeal to those working in policing, security, and forensic consultation.

    1. Introduction. An interpretive account of an agent-based social simulation Martin Neumann  2. Epistemological foundations Petra Ahrweiler and Martin Neumann  3. The use of ethnographic social simulation for crime research: From the field to the model Vanessa Dirksen, Martin Neumann, and Ulf Lotzmann  4. A framework for simulation in interpretive research: Growing criminal culture Martin Neumann and Ulf Lotzmann  5. Analysis of the breakdown of a criminal network: Criminal collapse Martin Neumann and Ulf Lotzmann  6. A simulation model of intra-organizational conflict regulation in the crime world Ulf Lotzmann and Martin Neumann  7. Hermeneutics of social simulations: On the interpretation of digitally generated narratives Sascha Dickel and Martin Neumann  8. Transdisciplinary reflections: Science in context Martin Neumann and Cornelis van Putten  9. On the construction of plausible futures in interpretive agent-based modelling Martin Neumann, Vanessa Dirksen, and Sascha Dickel  10. Outlook on potential further directions Martin Neumann and Bruce Edmonds


    Martin Neumann is Research Associate at the Department of Language, Culture, History and Communication of the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.