My research centers on the question of why there is order in society. That is, what is keeping us from devolving into a state of chaos and anarchy? And why are we not in such a state now? I address this question by looking at how trust, perceptions of fairness, and interpersonal motives drive the manner we interact with each other. My ultimate goal is to gain understanding of how culture and social structure emerge from disorder, and how they evolve over time.
- Group Processes
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Interpersonal Processes
- Sociology, Social Networks
- Berigan, N., & Irwin, K. (2011). Culture, cooperation, and the general welfare. Social Psychology Quarterly, 74, 341-360.
- Irwin, K., & Berigan, N. (2013). Trust, culture, and cooperation: A social dilemma analysis of pro-environmental behaviors. Sociological Quarterly, 54, 424-449.
- Willer, D., Gladstone, E., & Berigan, N. (2013). Social values and social structures. Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 37, 113-130.
- Introduction to Sociology
- Social Statistics
- Sociological Research
218A Rogers-Stout Hall
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
- Phone: (423) 439-6667