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Definition of Social Science

(noun) Any of the branch of science that systematically studies the social world, investigating how humans interact with each other and change over time.

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Social Science Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsoʊʃ(ə)l ˈsaɪəns/
    • British English
      • /ˈsəʊʃl ˈsʌɪəns/
  • Syllabification: (so·cial sci·ence)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: social sciences
  • The natural sciences study the physical world, as opposed to the social world.

Related Quotation

  • “The discourse of sociology and the concepts, theories, and findings of the other social sciences continually ‘circulate in and out’ of what it is that they are about. In so doing they reflexively restructure their subject matter, which itself has learned to think sociologically. Modernity is itself deeply and intrinsically sociological” (Giddens 1991:43).

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Reference

Giddens, Anthony. 1991. The Consequences of Modernity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

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Cite the Definition of Social Science

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “social science.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/social-science/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

social science. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/social-science/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “social science.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/social-science/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“social science.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/social-science/>.