TY - JOUR

T1 - Does mathematical sociology contribute to the progress of sociology?

AU - Sato, Yoshimichi

PY - 2011/9/1

Y1 - 2011/9/1

N2 - I propose that mathematical sociology should seek to formalize and explain the differentiation of roles in order for it to prevail in sociology. Mathematical sociology has established a niche within its parent discipline by demonstrating its explanatory power in such areas as the study of cooperation, trust, and social networks. However, it has not seriously examined the emergence, maintenance, and collapse of social order, a core sociological concept. Because social order is an abstract concept, I focus on social structure in this paper, role structure in particular, and propose an agent-based modeling framework to explain the differentiation of roles. If mathematical sociologists successfully develop models along these lines, they will succeed in explaining social order, and, as a result, mathematical sociology will proliferate in the field.

AB - I propose that mathematical sociology should seek to formalize and explain the differentiation of roles in order for it to prevail in sociology. Mathematical sociology has established a niche within its parent discipline by demonstrating its explanatory power in such areas as the study of cooperation, trust, and social networks. However, it has not seriously examined the emergence, maintenance, and collapse of social order, a core sociological concept. Because social order is an abstract concept, I focus on social structure in this paper, role structure in particular, and propose an agent-based modeling framework to explain the differentiation of roles. If mathematical sociologists successfully develop models along these lines, they will succeed in explaining social order, and, as a result, mathematical sociology will proliferate in the field.

KW - Agent-based model

KW - Role

KW - Social order

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M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84855784531

SN - 0913-1442

VL - 26

SP - 243

EP - 252

JO - Sociological Theory and Methods

JF - Sociological Theory and Methods

IS - 2

ER -