Previous work has shown the fruitfulness of the ecology concept as a general representation for capturing relations between actors in a social space. However, that work tended to assume external criteria (e.g., of fitness or success) that are exogenous to the ecology itself. Here, after giving a general theorization of the ecology concept, I argue that different ecologies are linked together such that each provides such external criteria for itself. This implies the importance of alliances across ecologies and the hinges that bind them together by providing (often quite different) payoffs to the allies, each in its own ecology.
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