Lectures: HSC and World Cultures
Dynamics of Human Behavior (Cohesion and Resistance). Douglas R. White. To appear in Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. http://intersci.ss.uci.edu/wiki/pub/Dynamics_of_Human_Behavior3_Cut1f.pdf
For the lectures the following book is recommended because is contains the major summary of cross-cultural studies of historical dynamics: Ref A. Turchin, Peter. 2007. War and Peace and War: The Life Cycles of Imperial Nations. Pi Press, paperback ($11 new at Amazon). (there is also an as yet unpublished on-line http://www.eeb.uconn.edu/people/turchin/SEC.htm Secular Cycles 2009, Turchin and Nefedov ). The <Turchin and Korotayef study shows one of the ways that the wars of states and imperial nations connect in their impact on internal wars across the globe, including prestate societies. See also my article World-system and regional linkages as causally implicated in local level conflicts at the ethnographic horizon.
And the following articles:
- Ref B. 2007 Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities. Luís M. A. Bettencourt, José Lobo, Dirk Helbing, Christian Kühnert, and Geoffrey B. West PNAS 104(17):7301-7306. http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/17/7301 http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/104/17/7301 supplementary: http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/0610172104/DC1
- Ref D-E. 2005 http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/courses/Topics4Cross-Cultural.pdf and Chapter 7, Reliability and Validity (single-factor scaling) http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/xc/!XC-BK7.pdf
- Ref F. 2002 Denton, Trevor. Indirect Reconstruction of World Prehistory by Quantitative, Ethnographic Analogy: Methods Using Correlates of Strictly Increasing, Elementary, Societal Processes. World Cultures 13(2): 110-146. – Sigmoid fitting. http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/worldcul/13-2denton.pdf
- Ref G. 2007. Denton, Trevor. Society to 2050 AD: Anthropological Forecasts Extrapolating Correlates of Modernization. World Cultures 16(1): 62-122. http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/worldcul/16-1denton.pdf
For those who want to use free software with the SCCS data in Spss format
- Ref C. 2003 Dow, James W. Using R for Cross-Cultural Research. World Cultures 14(2):144-154. http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/worldcul/14-2Dow.pdf
and consult Using R for cross-cultural Research
There are also lots of other material and useful information on my pre-wiki course pages for human complexity and world cultures research.