Dear Scatterplotters: Would you say there are any “controversial issues” about or within mathematical sociology? This would be either debates inside the terrain of mathematical sociology OR debates between mathematical sociologists (or subsets of mathematical sociologists) and “others”? If you can point me to sources, that would be cool.
Why am I asking? I’ve assigned honors students a paper that is supposed to include some sort of controversial issue with advocates on both sides. One student is really interested in mathematical sociology and I’d like to nurture that if at all possible. As a onetime quasi-mathematical sociologist, I’ve certainly felt that some sociologists thought the entire enterprise was illegitimate, and have received reviews along the lines of “why would you even bother doing this?” But I’m not sure I can find sources for that. Any kind of “controversy” will do if there are people who have written things disagreeing with each other.