Thirty years of themes and methods in Sociological Theory and Methods

Shinya Obayashi, Hiroki Takikawa

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The Japanese Association for Mathematical Sociology celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. We describe longitudinal trends of Sociological Theory and Methods in thirty years by analyzing all the articles from total volume 1 (1986) to 58 (2015). We divide themes and methods by using topic models. As a result, we show that themes and methods transformed around year 2000. Moreover, both transformations seem to depend on each other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-108
Number of pages10
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Mathematical sociology
  • Quantitative sociology
  • Sociology of science
  • Topic model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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