José Luis EstévezMasaryk University | MUNI · Department for the Study of Religions
José Luis Estévez
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Digital Research of Religion, Masaryk University
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Doctor in Analytical Sociology (Linköping University, Sweden). Since October 2021, I work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Digital Research of Religion (Masaryk University, Czechia).
Gossip constitutes a form of human communication consisting of the transmission of evaluative information about absent others. Previous research has associated the usage of gossip with outcomes at both the individual and the group levels. Such outcomes include, among other things, the delimitation of group boundaries, the ostracism of wrong-doers,...
Gossip is universal, and multiple studies have demonstrated that it can have beneficial group-level outcomes when negative reports help identify defectors or norm-violators. Gossip, however, seldom happens in a social vacuum. Instead, it is enmeshed in a fabric of positive and negative relationships that creates opportunities, constraints, and also...
Brokerage is a central concept in the organization literature. It has been argued that individuals in broker positions-i.e., connecting otherwise disconnected parts within a firm's social network-can control the flow of information. It would imply their increased relevance in workplace gossip. This allegation, however, has not been addressed empiri...
Complex contagion theory is used to develop novel hypotheses on the effects of workplace gossip on expressive relations. It is argued that hearing gossip from multiple senders or about multiple targets impacts receivers’ friendships with gossip targets. Hypotheses are tested in a two-wave sociometric panel study among 148 employees of three units i...
"Modern evaluation" constitutes one of the fundamental institutions of our time. Within it, the concept of stakeholder currently holds a core place. The aim of this article is to reconstruct the path the concept has undergone within the discipline, as well as the reasons which has led to its "normalisation". In both the literature on evaluation as...
This project uses the methods of social network analysis, geoinformatics, and natural language processing to shed new light on the social, spatial, and discursive patterns of medieval dissident Christianities, heresy trials, and inquisitorial records. Our case studies focus on Languedoc from the 1230s to the 1320s; Lombardy and Tuscany from the 1240s to the 1300s; and England from the 15th to the 16th centuries, thereby covering various dissident religious cultures such as Cathars, Waldensians, Beguins, Fraticelli, Guglielmites, and Lollards. The project is funded by an ERC Consolidator grant (2021-2026). Previously it has received an EXPRO grant from the Czech Science Foundation (2019-2021).