Well, thanks, I am a network scientist. While networks are mathematical objects that you can use to model all sorts of things, I am interested in using them to model social dynamics. For example, this is a small model I made to simulate exclusionary dynamics in an online community:
The idea is that a community can be exclusionary even if the people in it are not. In the model, exclusion happens when newcomers find it hard to find a foothold, and most leave the community to the old timers. By setting the
intimacy-strength parameter in the model sufficiently high (try a value like 10) you can produce exclusion, even if the community members have no will to exclude, but a simply a preference to interact with people they already know, including newcomers. So, exclusion in the model is an emergent property of interaction, and cannot be traced to individual behavior.
This sort of thing.
Online communities are "toy societies", very simple to study. I hope to be looking into more textured urban dynamics at some point.