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Coexistence Of Opposite Global Social Feelings: The Case Of Percolation Driven Insecurity



    (Laboratoire d'Économie de Nantes – Centre d'Économie des Besoins Sociaux, Chemin de la Censive du Tertre – BP 52231, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3, France)


    () (Laboratoire des Milieux Désordonnés et Hétérogènes, (CNRS-UMR 7603) Tour 13 – Case 86, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France)


A model of the dynamics of appearance of a new collective feeling, in addition and opposite to an existing one, is presented. Using percolation theory, the collective feeling of insecurity is shown to be able to coexist with the opposite collective feeling of safety. Indeed this coexistence of contradictory social feelings result from the simultaneous percolation of two infinite clusters of people who are respectively experiencing a safe and unsafe local environment. Therefore opposing claims on national debates over insecurity are shown to be possibly both valid.

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  • Stéphane Pajot & Serge Galam, 2002. "Coexistence Of Opposite Global Social Feelings: The Case Of Percolation Driven Insecurity," International Journal of Modern Physics C (IJMPC), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 13(10), pages 1375-1385.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijmpcx:v:13:y:2002:i:10:n:s0129183102003942
    DOI: 10.1142/S0129183102003942

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    1. Denis Phan & Stephane Pajot & Jean-Pierre Nadal, 2003. "The Monopolist's Market with Discrete Choices and Network Externality Revisited: Small-Worlds, Phase Transition and Avalanches in an ACE Framework," Computing in Economics and Finance 2003 150, Society for Computational Economics.

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