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Qualitative Mathematics for the Social Sciences

Mathematical Models for Research on Cultural Dynamics, 1st Edition

Edited by Lee Rudolph


492 pages

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In this book Lee Rudolph brings together international contributors who combine psychological and mathematical perspectives to analyse how qualitative mathematics can be used to create models of social and psychological processes. Bridging the gap between the fields with an imaginative and stimulating collection of contributed chapters, the volume updates the current research on the subject, which until now has been rather limited, focussing largely on the use of statistics.

Qualitative Mathematics for the Social Sciences contains a variety of useful illustrative figures, introducing readers from the social sciences to the rich contribution that modern mathematics has made to our knowledge of logic, structures, and dynamic systems. A beguiling array of conceptual systems, topological models and fractals are discussed which transcend the application of statistics, and bring a fresh perspective to the study of social representations.

The wide selection of qualitative mathematical methodologies discussed in this volume will be hugely valuable to higher-level undergraduate and postgraduate students of psychology, sociology and mathematics. It will also be useful for researchers, academics and professionals from the social sciences who want a firmer grasp on the use of qualitative mathematics.

Table of Contents

Rudolph, Valsiner, Preface. Rudolph, Valsiner, Introduction: Mathematical Models and Social Representation. Part I: Logics of Modeling. Rudolph, Logic in Modeling, Logics as Models. Busemeyer, Introduction to Quantum Probability for Social and Behavioral Scientists. Dzhafarov, The Sorites Paradox: A Behavioral Approach. Tat Ng, On an Intensity Attribute—Loudness. Part II: Model Structures. Rudolph, Functions of Structure in Mathematics and Modeling. Diriwächter, Structure and Hierarchies in Ganzheitspsychologie. Kawauchi, Mind-Knots and Mind-Relations: Knot Theory Applied to Psychology. Neuman, A Novel Generic Conception of Structure: Solving Piaget's Riddle. Part III: Dynamic Models. Rudolph, The Varieties of Dynamic(al) Experience. Abraham, Friedman, Viotti, Complex Dynamical Systems and the Social Sciences. Poddiakov, Valsiner, Intransitivity Cycles and Their Transformations: How Dynamically Adapting Systems Function? Part IV: Conclusions. Rudolph, Modeling and Diagrammatic Reasoning.

About the Series

Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation

The series Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation is dedicated to bringing the scholarly reader new ways of representing human lives in the contemporary social sciences. It is a part of a new direction – cultural psychology – that has emerged at the intersection of developmental, dynamic and social psychologies, anthropology, education, and sociology. It aims to provide cutting-edge examinations of global social processes, which for every country are becoming increasingly multi-cultural. Therefore, social sciences need new ways of considering how to study human lives in their globalizing contexts. The focus of this series is the social representation of people, communities, and – last but not least – the social sciences themselves.

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