Introduction to Mathematical Sociology fills this gap, providing undergraduates with a comprehensive, self-contained primer on the mathematical tools and applications that sociologists use to understand social behavior.

Author: Phillip Bonacich

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691145495

Category: Mathematics

Page: 221

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Mathematical models and computer simulations of complex social systems have become everyday tools in sociology. Yet until now, students had no up-to-date textbook from which to learn these techniques. Introduction to Mathematical Sociology fills this gap, providing undergraduates with a comprehensive, self-contained primer on the mathematical tools and applications that sociologists use to understand social behavior. Phillip Bonacich and Philip Lu cover all the essential mathematics, including linear algebra, graph theory, set theory, game theory, and probability. They show how to apply these mathematical tools to demography; patterns of power, influence, and friendship in social networks; Markov chains; the evolution and stability of cooperation in human groups; chaotic and complex systems; and more. Introduction to Mathematical Sociology also features numerous exercises throughout, and is accompanied by easy-to-use Mathematica-based computer simulations that students can use to examine the effects of changing parameters on model behavior. Provides an up-to-date and self-contained introduction to mathematical sociology Explains essential mathematical tools and their applications Includes numerous exercises throughout Features easy-to-use computer simulations to help students master concepts

Until the 1960s, maths was studied as an academic subject in a desire to have more mathematicians.

Author: Paul Dowling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135710026

Category: Education

Page: 352

View: 963

Until the 1960s, maths was studied as an academic subject in a desire to have more mathematicians. The current trend, however, has moved away from viewing maths as a purely intellectual endeavour and towards developing a more mathematically competent workforce and citizenry. This trend has seen a large increase in the number of maths schemes being produced by the major educational publishers, which attempt to make maths easier and more approachable by using language instead of symbols. So why do so many children still fail at maths? The author contends that to understand this, teachers need to analyze and evaluate the maths textbooks they are currently using. The author shows the reader how to systematically analyze and evaluate these textbooks. This interrogation of classroom resources, should have important implications for teaching strategies and for textbook design and use.

Sociology and Stochastic Processes The term 'stochastic process' entered the
statistical vocabulary in the 1950s, ... and Response Uncertainty (1964a) and Introduction to Mathematical Sociology (1964b), include much of his early
thinking.

Author: Dr Jon Clark

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135717377

Category: Education

Page: 456

View: 499

James S. Coleman was one of a distinguished generation of sociology students who passed through the Columbia Sociology Department in the 1940s and `50s. This book critically debates his work and his contribution to society and the social sciences more generally. It consists of 18 major papers by 20 authors from six countries on a range of themes. The volume is framed by an extended editorial introduction reflecting on the five- year exchange of correspondence between James Coleman and the editor, together with two of Coleman's own works.

In his biographical statement circa 1973 that appeared in the original edition of
this book he mentions only four other books: Community Conflict, Introduction to Mathematical Sociology, The Adolescent Society, and Adolescents in the
Schools.

Author: James Samuel Coleman

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 0202367312

Category: Decision making

Page: 191

View: 404

"Philosophers, social scientists, and laymen have used two perspectives in analyzing social action. One sees man's action as the result of causal forces, and the other sees action as purposive and goal directed. Mathematical treatment of social action has shown this same dichotomy. Some models of behavior describe a causal process, in which there is no place for intention or purpose. Most stochastic models of behavior, whether individual or group, are like this. Another body of work, however, employs purpose, anticipation of some future state, and action designed to maximize the proximity to some goal. Classical microeconomic theory, statistical decision theory, and game theory exemplify this direction. This book examines these two directions of work, and makes original contributions to the second. An introductory chapter outlines these two bodies of work, and casts them in a common frame, to display their similarities and differences. Chapter 2 reviews at length recent work in stochastic processes that makes up the first body of work, which sees social action as the resultant of causal forces. The remaining chapters develop a mathematical framework for the study of systems of social action using a purposive theoretical base. These chapters are designed particularly to contribute to the study of collective decisions, a form of social action that has proved particularly challenging to theoretical analysis. First published in 1973, this became a significant work both in problem solving and in the future career of the author. It is of continuing importance to researchers and students interested in statistical analysis."--Provided by publisher.

But the biggest obstacle to any substantial expansion of mathematical sociology
within sociology is firstly the fact that ... Introduction to Mathematical Sociology (
1964: 54); “the necessarily difficult task of developing mathematical sociology
can ...

Author: Peter Hedström

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047442462

Category: Social Science

Page: 444

View: 183

This volume constitutes a sustained effort by prominent sociologists and other social scientists to assess the current standing of sociology. It is a stocktaking of the unique nature of sociology in the light of advances within the discipline itself and within a range of neighbouring disciplines.

Sociological Science, 2, 235–251. Bonacich, P., & Lu, P. (2012). Introduction to mathematical sociology. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Boudon, R. (
2002). Sociology that really matters: European academy of sociology, first annual
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Author: Frank van Tubergen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351134941

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 157

Comprehensive and engaging, this textbook introduces students not only to foundational sociological work, but also to insights from contemporary sociological theory and research. This combined approach ensures that students become familiar with the core of sociology: key concepts, theories, perspectives, methods, and findings. Students will acquire the ability to think like a sociologist, investigate and understand complex social phenomena. This text presents a complete sociological toolkit, guiding students in the art of asking good sociological questions, devising a sophisticated theory and developing methodologies to observe social phenomena. The chapters of this book build cumulatively to equip students with the tools to quickly understand any new sociological topic or contemporary social problem. The textbook also applies the sociological toolkit to selected key sociological issues, showing how specific sociological topics can be easily investigated and understood using this approach. Taking a global and comparative perspective, the book covers a rich diversity of sociological topics and social problems, such as crime, immigration, race and ethnicity, media, education, family, organizations, gender, poverty, modernization and religion. The book presents a range of helpful pedagogical features throughout, such as: Chapter overview and learning goals summaries at the start of every chapter; Thinking like a sociologist boxes, encouraging students to reflect critically on learning points; Principle boxes, summarizing key sociological principles; Theory schema boxes, presenting sociological theories in a clear, understandable manner; Stylized facts highlighting key empirical findings and patterns; Key concepts and summary sections at the end of every chapter; and Companion website providing additional material for every chapter for both instructors and students, including PowerPoint lecture notes, discussion questions and answers, multiple-choice questions, further reading and a full glossary of terms. This clear and accessible text is essential reading for students taking introductory courses in sociology. It will also be useful for undergraduate and graduate courses in other social science disciplines, such as psychology, economics, human geography, demography, communication studies, education sciences, political science and criminology.

This is the first book by a sociologist devoted exclusively to a general sociology of mathematics.

Author: S. Restivo

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401129442

Category: Science

Page: 202

View: 203

This is the first book by a sociologist devoted exclusively to a general sociology of mathematics. The author provides examples of different ways of thinking about mathematics sociologically. The survey of mathematical traditions covers ancient China, the Arabic-Islamic world, India, and Europe. Following the leads of classical social theorists such as Emile Durkheim, Restivo develops the idea that mathematical concepts and ideas are collective representations, and that it is mathematical communities that create mathematics, not individual mathematicians. The implications of the sociology of mathematics, and especially of pure mathematics, for a sociology of mind are also explored. In general, the author's objective is to explore, conjecture, suggest, and stimulate in order to introduce the sociological perspective on mathematics, and to broaden and deepen the still narrow, shallow path that today carries the sociology of mathematics. This book will interest specialists in the philosophy, history, and sociology of mathematics, persons interested in mathematics education, students of science and society, and people interested in current developments in the social and cultural analysis of science and mathematics.

Alexander, J. C. (1982), Theoretical Logic in Sociology, volume One; Positivism,
Presuppositions and Current Controversies. Berkeley ... Mathematical Models of
Sociology. ... Coleman, J. S. (1964) An Introduction to Mathematical Sociology.

An Introduction to Mathematical Sociology. New York: Free Press. Coleman,
James S. 1990. Foundations of Social Theory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Press. de Mesquita, Bruce Bueno, and Lawrence E. Cohen. 1995. “
SelfInterest ...

Author: Clifton D. Bryant

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452265193

Category: Social Science

Page: 1344

View: 414

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook provides a concise forum through which the vast array of knowledge accumulated, particularly during the past three decades, can be organized into a single definitive resource. The two volumes of this Reference Handbook focus on the corpus of knowledge garnered in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as document the general orientation of the newer and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry.

This book offers a guide to sociology that explores its theoretical and methodological dimensions.

Author: John Hughes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137111609

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

View: 417

This book offers a guide to sociology that explores its theoretical and methodological dimensions. Aiming to provide the reader with a sense of the reasoned character of the discipline, it traces how different theories and methods relate to one another, exploring the particular problems they spawn and the debates that have arisen in response.

This book illustrates how theory and evidence can be mathematically deepened and how investigations grounded in social choice theory can provide the evidence needed to inform social practice.

Author: Gordon Burt

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781849509725

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 720

Presents a foundational mathematical approach to the modelling of social conflict. This book illustrates how theory and evidence can be mathematically deepened and how investigations grounded in social choice theory can provide the evidence needed to inform social practice.

These essays, commissioned by John Rex, reflect the state of sociology in Britain today.

Author: John Rex

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317652533

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

View: 657

These essays, commissioned by John Rex, reflect the state of sociology in Britain today. Leading representatives of the diverse ‘schools’ provide lucid accounts of their own particular approaches to this complex discipline and in doing so demonstrate the techniques described. Topics covered include the empirical study of stratification, social evolution, survey techniques, mathematical sociology, systems theory, phenomenological approaches, Weberian sociology, structuralism, contemporary Marxism, and the development of theory after Talcott Parsons.

Quantitative Sociology, International Perspectives on Mathematical and
Statistical Modeling, New York 1975. H. M. Blalock, A. B. Blalock (eds.) ... J. S.
Coleman, Introduction to Mathematical Sociology, Glencoe 1964. J. Galtung,
Theory and ...

Author: Jakub Karpinski

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400904958

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 778

The general treatment of problems connected with the causal conditioning of phenomena has traditionally been the domain of philosophy, but when one examines the relationships taking place in the various fields, the study of such conditionings belongs to the empirical sciences. Sociology is no exception in that respect. In that discipline we note a certain paradox. Many problems connected with the causal conditioning of phenomena have been raised in sociology in relatively recent times, and that process marked its empirical or even so-called empiricist trend. That trend, labelled positivist, seems in this case to be in contradiction with a certain type of positivism. Those authors who describe positivism usually include the Humean tradition in its genealogy and, remembering Hume's criticism of the concept of cause, speak about positivism as about a trend which is inclined to treat lightly the study of causes and confines itself to the statements on co-occurrence of phenomena.

Redefining Their Boundaries : Conversations with Economists and Sociologists
Richard Swedberg ... In 1964 this resulted in the publication of the influential Introduction to Mathematical Sociology. After the 1960s, Coleman began looking
...

Author: Richard Swedberg

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691003769

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 361

View: 990

The boundary between economics and sociology is presently being redefined--but how, why, and by whom? Richard Swedberg answers these questions in this thought-provoking book of conversations with well-known economists and sociologists. Among the economists interviewed are Gary Becker, Amartya Sen, Kenneth Arrow, and Albert O. Hirschman; the sociologists include Daniel Bell, Harrison White, James Coleman, and Mark Granovetter. The picture that emerges is that economists and sociologists have paid little attention to each other during most of the twentieth century: social problems have been analyzed as if they had no economic dimension and economic problems as if they had no social dimension. Today, however, there is a dialogue between the two fields, as economists take on social topics and as sociologists become interested in rational choice and "new economic sociology." The interviewees describe how they came to challenge the present separation between economics and sociology, what they think of the various proposals to integrate the fields, and how they envision the future. The author summarizes the results of the conversations in the final chapter. The individual interviews also serve as superb introductions to the work of these scholars.

... have fashioned significant portions of their careers through work on the
problem that Lazarsfeld posed.2 The major stimulus to my work in mathematical
sociology, including the central conception in Introduction to Mathematical Sociology ...

Legal, Economic and Sociological Analyses on Corporate Social Responsibility
Klaus J. Hopt, Gunther Teubner ... 1961; Introduction to Mathematical Sociology,
1964; Models of Change and Response Uncertainty, 1964; Adolescents and the
...

This collection brings together the principal sources in the development of the techniques of social network analysis, from early metaphorical statements in Simmel and Radcliffe-Brown through the more systematic explorations in sociology ...

Author: John Scott

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415251095

Category: Social networks

Page: 432

View: 930

This collection brings together the principal sources in the development of the techniques of social network analysis, from early metaphorical statements in Simmel and Radcliffe-Brown through the more systematic explorations in sociology and social anthropology, to contemporary formalizations. A new introduction explores the history of Social Networks and highlights the arguments of those who treat social network analysis as a loose, qualitative approach as well as those who see its potential in technical, mathematical uses. The thematically organized coverage includes: * Part I: Conceptualizing Social Networks * Part II: Topics and Developments in Graph Theory * Part III: Further Mathematical Models for Networks * Part IV: Applications: Family and Community * Part V: Applications: Corporate Power and Economic Structures * Part VI: Applications: Political, Protest, and Policy Networks * Part VII: Applications: Knowledge, Reputation, and Diffusion