### Abstract

The chief attraction of mathematics is its beauty. It is customary, nonetheless, to catalog the usefulness of mathematics. Accordingly, this paper shows how aspects of three quite different sociological problems - assortative mating and the rise of gender inequality, the sense of justice, and economic and political upheavals and societal transformations - have an identical underlying mathematical structure. Thus, progress in understanding the three sets of phenomena is linked; any new result obtained for one problem will shed light on the other two.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 37-51 |

Number of pages | 15 |

Journal | Sociological Forum |

Volume | 12 |

Issue number | 1 |

State | Published - Mar 1997 |

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### Keywords

- Dancing
- Distribution of a function of random variables
- Gender inequality
- Social and political upheaval
- Social justice

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Sociology and Political Science

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*Sociological Forum*,

*12*(1), 37-51.

**The common mathematical structure of disparate sociological questions.** / Jasso, Guillermina.

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*Sociological Forum*, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 37-51.

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