Example: Studying social revolutions such as in Theda Skocpol’s (1947) States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China (1979).
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- Plural: macrosociologies
- Macrosociology is the “big picture” view of sociology.
- Macrosociology is compared and contrasted to microsociology. However, the distinction between macrosociology and microsociology is not well-established across the discipline of sociology and exists on a continuum. A theoretical attempt to combine aspects of macrosociology and microsociology is called a micro-macro theory.
- Macrosociology scholars include Reinhard Bendix (1916–1991), Peter M. Blau (1918–2002), Karl Marx (1818–1883) Barrington Moore (1913–2005), Georg Simmel (1858–1918), Theda Skocpol (1947), Charles Tilly (1929–2008), Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), and Max Weber (1864–1920).
- Variant forms:
- macro sociology
- Also called:
- macroview (macro-view)
- macrolevel (macro-level)
- macrolevel analysis (macro-level analysis)
- macrolevel orientation (macro-level orientation)
- A (noun) macrosociologist studies society from the (adjective) macrosociologic or (adjective) macrosociologistic or (adjective) macrosociological perspective to understand social interactions (adverb) macrosociologically.
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- Olsen, Marvin Elliott. 1991. Societal Dynamics: Exploring Macrosociology. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
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How to Cite the Definition of Macrosociology
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “macrosociology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/macrosociology/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
macrosociology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/macrosociology/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “macrosociology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/macrosociology/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“macrosociology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/macrosociology/>.