Mathematical Sociology as Theoretical Sociology

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Abstract

What is necessary to claim that mathematical sociology in itself makes theoretical sociology? Referring to development of my earlier paper (Hamada 1999b), the present paper attempts to answer this question. Relying on Fararo(1989)'s idea that a general theory consists of four hierarchical levels, this paper illustrates a comprehensive model into which the "generative model of income distribution" is incorporated as a constituent model. By this, comprehensiveness of a model is emphasized, on the ground that integration of specific models into a more general and comprehensive one gives us a better chances of finding further theoretical ideas and predictions that are not obtainable if we treat with constituent models in isolation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-130
Number of pages2
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comprehensive model
  • Fararo
  • General theoretical sociology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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