Looking Backwards into the Future: Mathematical Sociology Then and Now

@article{Skvoretz2000LookingBI,
  title={Looking Backwards into the Future: Mathematical Sociology Then and Now},
  author={John Skvoretz},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  year={2000},
  volume={18},
  pages={510 - 517}
}
  • J. Skvoretz
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
I reflect on the last 30 years of mathematical sociology from my point of view as a student of the field 30 years ago and how I expected the field to grow and develop. I discuss how the problems and prospects that concerned me 30 years ago are still relevant today. In particular, I elaborate on the intellectual frustrations faced by formal sociologists, the need for new mathematics to capture social science insights, the diversity of inquiry and lack of unification in mathematical sociology… 
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