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Mathematics in sociology

  • Christofer Edling
Publiceringsår: 2002
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 197-220
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Annual Review of Sociology
Volym: 28
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift

Abstract english

Since mathematical sociology was firmly established in the 1960s, it has grown tremendously. Today it has an impressive scope and deals with topical problems of social structure and social change. A distinctive feature of today's use of mathematics in sociology is the movement toward a synthesis between process, structure, and action. In combination with an increased attention to social mechanisms and the problems of causality and temporality, this synthesis can add to its relevance for sociology in general. The article presents recent advances and major sociological research streams in contemporary sociology that involve the application of mathematics, logic, and computer modeling.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • sociology
  • sociologi
  • game-theory
  • social networks
  • collective action
  • exchange networks
  • small-world networks
  • rational choice model
  • social
  • social mechanisms
  • rational choice
  • mathematical models
  • social structure
  • process
  • multiple networks
  • theoretical-analysis
  • vacancy chains
  • weak-ties


Christofer Edling
E-post: christofer.edling [at]


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Jag disputerade 1999 vid Stockholms Universitet (Essays on Social Dynamics, 1998) med Peter Hedström som handledare. Mellan 2002 och 2005 var jag Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow vid Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) i Uppsala.

2003 blev jag docent i sociologi, och 2004 universitetslektor, vid Stockholms Universitet, där jag var prefekt vid Sociologiska institutionen 2006 till 2008.

Jag flyttade till en professur vid Jacobs University Bremen i Tyskland 2008 och rekryterades till Lunds universitet som professor 2012.

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