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Title: Studying social processes underlying the persistence of female genital mutilation using agent-based modeling
Authors: Droy, Laurence T.
First Published: 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: SAGE Research Methods Cases, 2018
Abstract: This methods case covers three areas. Many researchers have not heard of agent-based modeling, so I first explain how agent-based modeling research works, what it involves, and what it is for. My PhD research project has been about applying agent-based modeling to a real-world topic: the occurrence of female genital mutilation in populations in the developing world. I briefly provide an overview of this topic. It might sound counter-intuitive to apply abstract modeling to the study of female genital mutilation. Yet, I explain why this can provide useful and informative insights on the subject. Finally, I talk about the practicalities of applying the methodology of empirical agent-based modeling research to the topic of female genital mutilation. I focus on what was helpful and what was challenging in designing and evaluating a preliminary agent-based model of female genital mutilation.
DOI Link: 10.4135/9781526446176
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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