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- Plural: sociologies
- Coined by Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte known better as Auguste Comte (1798–1857) in 1834, though he originally called it social physics. Comte also established sociology as a systematic field of study.
- The point of view used in sociology is called the sociological perspective and is described by Peter Berger (1929) in Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective (1963) as “seeing the general in the particular.”
- A (noun) sociologist studies society from the (adjective) sociologic or (adjective) sociologistic or (adjective) sociological perspective to understand social interactions (adverb) sociologically.
- “Sociology, through its emphasis on observation and measurement, allows us to bring rigorous and systematic scientific thinking and information to bear on difficult questions associated with social policies and choices, including those related to poverty, health, immigration, crime, and education. Many people interested in these issues do not realize that more than concern is need to solve problems. Action must be informed by knowledge” (Hughes and Kroehler 2008:3).
- “We study sociology to understand how human behavior is shaped by group life and, in turn, how group life is affected by individuals. Our culture tends to emphasize individualism, and sociology pushes us to consider more complex connection between out personal lives and the larger world” (Kendall 2006:37).
- Word origin of “sociology” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Ballard, Chris, Jon Gubbay, and Chet Middleton, eds. 1997. The Student’s Companion to Sociology. London: Blackwell.
- Bauman, Zygmunt. 1990. Thinking Sociologically. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Bennett, Tony, and Diane Watson, eds. 2002. Understanding Everyday Life. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Berger, Peter L. 1963. Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. New York: Anchor Books.
- Bottomore, Thomas Burton, and Robert Nisbet. 1978. A History of Sociological Analysis. New York: Basic Books.
- Coser, Lewis A. 1971. Masters of Sociological Thought: Ideas in Historical and Social Context. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
- Giddens, Anthony. 1971. Capitalism and Modern Social Theory: An Analysis of the Writings of Marx, Durkheim, and Max Weber. Cambridge: The University Press.
- Levin, Jack. 2008. Sociological Snapshots. 5th ed. Newbury Park, CA: Pine Forge.
- Lukes, Steven. 1972. Émile Durkheim. New York: Harper & Row.
- Madge, John Hylton. 1962. The Origins of Scientific Sociology. New York: The Free Press.
- McLellan, David. 1975. Karl Marx. New York: Penguin.
- Mills, Charles Wright. 1959. The Sociological Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Nisbet, Robert A. 1967. The Sociological Tradition. London: Heinemann.
- Noble, Trevor. 2000. Social Theory and Social Change. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
- Parsons, Talcott. 1951. The Social System. New York: The Free Press.
- Pickering, Mary. 1993. Auguste Comte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Ritzer, George. 2017. Sociological Theory. 10th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Schaefer, Richard T. 2009. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Seidman, Steven. 2017. Contested Knowledge: Social Theory Today. 6th ed. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Turner, Bryan S. 2016. The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. 2nd ed. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell.
- Weber, Max. 1905. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
- Willis, Evan. 1996. The Sociological Quest: An Introduction to the Study of Social Life. 5th ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
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- Marx, Karl
- Weber, Max
Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.
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How to Cite the Definition of Sociology
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sociology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sociology/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
sociology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sociology/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sociology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/sociology/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“sociology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sociology/>.