Mathematical Sociology

Guillermina Jasso

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    Abstract

    Mathematical sociology has assembled a marvelous set of tools for addressing the questions of interest in all the subfields of sociology. The tools include mathematical functions, probability distributions, matrices, and inequality measures. The tools of mathematical sociology can be used to build rich theories with abundant testable predictions. Sociobehavioral processes generate new subgroups, and these are called emergent subgroups. Sociobehavioral theory proposes that individuals orient to or identify with self rather than with their preexisting subgroup if own outcome is greater than the subgroup average, and vice versa. A new transparency in sociological models and new attentiveness to matters of inclusion and of the worth of persons. The set of sociologists producing the new results will grow as more and more sociologists claim their mathematical heritage. In the case of bonuses to individuals, mathematical representations will make clear that some receive nothing, as does the fraction of the population they represent.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSociology for Human Rights
    Subtitle of host publicationApproaches for Applying Theories and Methods
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Pages13-20
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781000005103
    ISBN (Print)9780429289668
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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