On August 7, 2009 at the American Sociological Association Group Processes meeting, a memorial for Professor Peter Kollock was held. Several of Peter’s colleagues were in attendance and spoke about Peter’s life and work. (Further below are some details about a conference call held on September 14th that focused on Peter’s work and impact.)
Dr. Karen Cook, Stanford University
Dr. Toshio Yamagishi, Hokkaido University
Dr. Jodi O’Brien, Seattle University
Earlier in the year, in March 2009, many people gathered at De Neve Plaza at UCLA to remember Peter Kollock.
On Monday, September 14th, at 10:30 PST, I met on the phone with Jerry Michalski and other participants for one of his regular weekly Yi-tan conference calls to discuss the scholarship and personal legacy of Peter Kollock. In this podcast, I spoke about my years of working with Peter to apply the models of collective action dilemmas, common pool resources, cooperation, and conflict to the creation of Internet social institutions and resources. I discussed Peter’s work with his colleague Jodi O’Brien, and the lasting impact of his research into studies of cooperation, collective action, and common goods as well as his impact on students, business, and the field of social science. Jodi and Peter were colleagues and co-authors for many years, creating a widely used text The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings in Social Psychology as well as several other publications. I worked with Peter while studying for my Ph.D. at UCLA in Sociology. Peter and I wrote about the sociology of the Internet together and co-edited a book Communities in Cyberspace.
I will post a few links to some of Peter’s work that has had the most impact on me in upcoming posts.