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▪ Employee management and relations; Industrial sociology.
▪ It is not necessary to elaborate this diversion into industrial sociology unduly.
▪ Much of modern sociology lacks a paradigm and consequently fails to qualify as science.
▪ This emphasis passed into the work of Max Weber and thus into one tendency in modern sociology.
▪ Following Bagehot or modern functional sociology, the assertion is made that the figure of the sovereign binds together the national collective.
▪ But quite different ideas were also contributing to the formation of modern sociology.
▪ This point had become confused and lost in the over-socialized conception of man which had developed in modern sociology.
▪ But the modern sociology of deviance is a rather special case, as I shall show in Chapter 7.
▪ Their overlap with modern cultural sociology, in the alternative tradition, is thus clear.
▪ In particular, it will examine the extent to which questions concerning women and power have become part of mainstream political sociology.
▪ She then earned a doctorate in political sociology at City University of New York.
▪ Until it does, political sociology and the politics of gender will remain worlds apart.
▪ Much academic political sociology has had a similar relation to political life.
▪ For my purposes here it is therefore possible to treat political sociology and modern political science together.
▪ The behaviourist approach to political participation and power had already received criticism from within political sociology itself.
▪ The latter was properly the business of epistemology and to be excluded from the scientific practice of sociology.
▪ The unfortunate conclusion is that scientific sociology must be the whole thing from the standpoint of rewards and proclaimed standards.
▪ In other words, a scientific sociology was to be used for the reorganisation of society.
▪ The result was an urban sociology which came very close to that which we have been developing in this book.
▪ To adequately understand the beginnings of urban sociology we need to develop this theme a little further.
▪ The question must arise, therefore, why this kind of urban sociology has become unfashionable.
▪ The time has come to start using these concepts and arguments in relation to present-day urban sociology.
▪ The currently dominant paradigm throughout urban and regional sociology gives prime emphasis to class relations and processes.
▪ Political economy and class perspectives on urban sociology lend little credence to this type of analysis.
▪ Contemporary Marxist urban sociology places much less emphasis on the supposed necessity for the state to be engaged in collective consumption.
▪ This theme has gone largely unrecognised by contemporary social theory, including urban and regional sociology.
▪ Tolnay is a sociology professor at the University of Albany in New York.
▪ An adequate sociology of culture must work more rigorously.
▪ How must the Mills macro sociology be modified?
▪ Much of modern sociology lacks a paradigm and consequently fails to qualify as science.
▪ Newcomers to sociology may find it difficult to make much sense of ethnomethodology.
▪ Reich tended to ignore the interconnection, but it was an important one for Freud's sociology.
▪ The book is a fascinating combination of anthropology, history, sociology, and political science.
▪ These brief and incomplete excursions through five subject territories of sociology provide some examples of how male-orientation may be manifested.
▪ What is the significance of this in Bourdieu's systematic sociology?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sociology \So`ci*ol"o*gy\, n. [L. socius a companion + -logy.] That branch of philosophy which treats of the constitution, phenomena, and development of human society; social science.
--H. Spencer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

the science of social phenomena, 1842, from French sociologie, a hybrid coined 1830 by French philosopher Isidore Auguste Comte (1798-1857), from Latin socius "associate" (see social (adj.)) + Greek-derived suffix -logie (see -logy).


n. The study of society, human social interaction and the rules and processes that bind and separate people not only as individuals, but as members of associations, groups and institutions


n. the study and classification of human societies


Sociology is the study of social behavior or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, disorder, and change. Many sociologists aim to conduct research that may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, while others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.

The traditional focuses of sociology include social stratification, social class, social mobility, religion, secularization, law, sexuality and deviance. As all spheres of human activity are affected by the interplay between social structure and individual agency, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to further subjects, such as health, medical, military and penal institutions, the Internet, education, and the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge.

The range of social scientific methods has also expanded. Social researchers draw upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques. The linguistic and cultural turns of the mid-twentieth century led to increasingly interpretative, hermeneutic, and philosophic approaches towards the analysis of society. Conversely, the end of the 1990s and the beginning of 2000s have seen the rise of new analytically, mathematically and computationally rigorous techniques, such as agent-based modelling and social network analysis.

Social research informs politicians and policy makers, educators, planners, lawmakers, administrators, developers, business magnates, managers, social workers, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, and people interested in resolving social issues in general. There is often a great deal of crossover between social research, market research, and other statistical fields.

Sociology (journal)

Sociology is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by SAGE Publications on behalf of the British Sociological Association. The journal's editors-in-chief are Andrew King, Sarah Neal (both University of Surrey), Karim Murji, Sophie Watson, and Kath Woodward (all Open University).

Sociology is regarded as one of the three "main sociology journals in Britain," along with the The Sociological Review and the British Journal of Sociology.

The journal was established in 1967 as "the clearest intellectual representative of the social aspirations of the Butskellite era," with Michael Banton serving as its first editor. It was formerly published by Cambridge University Press and has been published by Sage Publications since 2002. Shortly after its establishment, it became the official journal of the British Sociological Association, replacing the British Journal of Sociology''.

Usage examples of "sociology".

Sociology, which the anchorite said she read more for amusement than insight, but which Cale found fascinating for the descriptions of large numbers of people living together in cities on different worlds.

Emma, blessed with organisational skills above the average, was troubled about her rise, a screw-up one could trace back directly to her own schooling, where she, in an expensive boarding-school for highborn young ladies, had been taught in fierily left-wing sociology lessons that brains were elitist and that manual work was the noble path to heaven.

These remain, even now, in the condition of those prehuman apes who are concerned only with economics, sociology, and politics, hurling bricks at each other and licking then their own wounds.

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A good sales clerk is an interdisciplinary scholar, a student of history, psychology, sociology, linguistics, aesthetics, and marketing.

In an essay elsewhere, he identified the subject matter of a history of ideas as: the history of philosophy, of science, of religion and theology, of the arts, of education, of sociology, of language, of folklore and ethnography, of economics and politics, of literature, of societies.

I also learned that Lija, having completed a BA in sociology at the University of Georgia, was working in Charlotte as a paramedic.

Before Pierre slipped over the border into Free Mozambique with Frelimo guerrilla fighters to study the sociology of liberation among the Makonde people on the far side of the Ruvuma river.

The social geography of myths will remain difficult to trace as long as we lack an analytical sociology of the press.

Such hierarchical structure and combination into systems of ever higher order, is characteristic of reality as a whole and is of fundamental importance especially in biology, psychology and sociology.

Without concerning himself in the least with problems of sociology, Winton had by nature an open hand and heart for cottagers, and abominated interference with their lives.

According to this pioneer in the sociology of religion, religious beliefs are representations that express the nature of sacred things and the .

During sit-ins, the picket line outside the library was comprised almost entirely of sociology lecturers, perhaps because the library was the building nearest the pub.

But the modern Utopians, having systematised their sociology, will have given some attention to the psychology of minor officials, a matter altogether too much neglected by the social reformer on earth.

From the array of books covering one wall of the breakfast room, Martin deduces that she teaches sociology, though he is hazy about what this means.