Reflections on Mathematical Sociology

  title={Reflections on Mathematical Sociology},
  author={Thomas J. Fararo},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
  • T. Fararo
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Forum
As a participant in the development of mathematical sociology over the past several decades, the author undertakes a personal and historical review of the field. A special effort is made to link early innovations and interests to recent developments. The paper deals successively with (a) the origins of mathematical sociology and its early achievements, (b) the cognitive interests and values of mathematical sociologists in relation to ideas associated with the founders of sociology, (c) the… 
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