List of basic sociology topics

Sociology
History
General Aspects
Applied sociology Public sociology
Social research Sociological theory
Related fields & subfields
Comparative sociology Criminology
Demography Social movements
Social psychology Sociolinguistics
Sociology of: culture deviance
economics education gender
knowledge law politics religion
science stratification work
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Sociology is the study of society and human social interaction. Sociological research ranges from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. The field focuses on how and why people are organized in society, either as individuals or as members of associations, groups, and institutions. Someone working in the field of sociology is called a sociologist. As an academic discipline, sociology is considered a social science. Basic topics in sociology include:

Nature of sociology

Main article: Sociology


Basic aspects of sociology:

History of sociology

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Sociological theory

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Some of the theoretical perspectives used in sociology are:

Basic sociology concepts

Main articles: List of sociology topics and Sociological theory


Alienation -- Bureaucracy -- Civil rights -- Crime -- Community -- Culture -- Discrimination -- Division of labour -- Equality -- Exploitation -- Freedom -- Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft -- Globalization -- Group (sociology) -- Identity (social science) -- Ideology -- Industrialization -- Institution -- Interpersonal relationship -- Justice -- Mass media -- Paradigm -- Political economy -- Popular culture -- Poverty -- Power (sociology) -- Power-knowledge -- Racism -- Rationalization (sociology) -- Sexism -- Social action -- Social capital -- Social change -- Social class -- Social construction -- Social control -- Social justice -- Social movement -- Social network -- Social order -- Social organisation -- Social solidarity -- Social status -- Social stratification -- Social structure -- Socialization -- Society -- Structure and agency -- Sustainable development

Sociological scholars

Main article: List of sociologists


These scholars greatly influenced the founding of sociology:

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Sociology (from Latin: socitus, "companion"; and the suffix -ology, "the study of", from Greek λόγος, lógos, "knowledge") is the systematic and scientific study of society and societal behavior.
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Sociological practice is intervention using sociological knowledge whether it is in a clinical or applied setting. It is different from pure academic sociology in which sociologists work in an academic setting such as a university.
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Public sociology is an approach to the discipline which seeks to transcend the academy and engage wider audiences. Rather than being defined by a particular method, theory, or set of political values, public sociology may be seen as a style
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Social Research is a quarterly academic journal of the social sciences, published by the New School for Social Research, the graduate social science division of The New School.

The journal has been published continuously since 1934.
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Sociological Theory is a peer-reviewed journal published by Blackwell Publishing for the American Sociological Association. It covers the full range of sociological theory - from ethnomethodology to world systems analysis, from commentaries on the classics to the latest
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This is a list of sociology subfields.

Subfields

  • Applied sociology/clinical sociology (also see sociological practice)
  • Architecture, Sociology of
  • Art, Sociology of
  • Body, Sociology of
  • Business, Sociology of
  • Childhood, Sociology of

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Comparative sociology generally refers to sociological analysis that involves comparison of social processes between nation-states, or across different types of society (for example capitalist and socialist).
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Demography is the statistical study of all populations. It can be a general science that can be applied to any kind of dynamic population, that is, one that changes over time or space (see population dynamics).
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Social movements are a type of group action. They are large groupings of individuals and/or organizations focused on specific political or social issues, in other words, on carrying out, resisting or undoing a social change.
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Sociological social psychology, also known as psychological sociology, is a specialty area of sociology that relates macrosocial phenomena (e.g. social class) to the attitudes and behavior of individuals.
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Sociolinguistics is the study of the effect of any and all aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, and context on the way language is used. Sociolinguistics overlaps to a considerable degree with pragmatics.
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Sociology of culture, or cultural sociology, is one of the most popular fields of sociology, particularly in the United States. Cultural sociology is a methodology that incorporates cultural analysis into interpretations of social life.
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The sociology of deviance is the sociological study of deviant behavior, the recognized violation of cultural norms, and the creation and enforcement of those norms. The sociology of deviance is related to, but also distinct from the field of criminology.
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Economic sociology is the sociological analysis of economic phenomena. As the earliest economists recognised, economic institutions are of profound importance to society as a whole and the social context affects the nature of local economic institutions.
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The sociology of education is the study of how social institutions and individual experiences affect educational processes and outcomes. Education has always been seen as a fundamentally optimistic human endeavour characterised by aspirations for progress and betterment.
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Sociology of gender is a prominent subfield of sociology. Since 1950 an increasing part of the academic literature, and of the public discourse uses gender for the perceived or projected (self-identified) masculinity or femininity of a person.
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The sociology of knowledge is the study of the relationship between human thought and the social context within which it arises, and of the effects prevailing ideas have on societies. (Compare history of ideas.
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Sociology of law refers to both a sub-discipline of sociology and an approach within the field of legal studies. Sociology of law is a diverse field of study which examines the interaction of law with other aspects of society: such as the effect of legal institutions,
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Political sociology is the study of power and the intersection of personality, social structure and politics. Political sociology is interdisciplinary, where political science and sociology intersect.
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sociology of religion is primarily the study of the practices, social structures, historical backgrounds, development, universal themes, and roles of religion in society. There is particular emphasis on the recurring role of religion in nearly all societies on Earth today and
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Sociology of science is the subfield of sociology that deals with the practice of science.

Generally speaking, the sociology of science involves the study of science as a social activity, especially dealing "with the social conditions and effects of science, and with
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In sociology, social stratification is the hierarchical arrangement of social classes, castes and strata within a society. While these hierarchies are not universal to all societies, they are the norm among state-level cultures (as distinguished from hunter-gatherers or other
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Industrial sociology (also known as "sociology of industrial relations" or sociology of work) is both a study of the interaction of people within industry (e.g.
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Sociology (from Latin: socitus, "companion"; and the suffix -ology, "the study of", from Greek λόγος, lógos, "knowledge") is the systematic and scientific study of society and societal behavior.
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Social contact is a pair of social actions with no further consequence - i.e. it is not likely to be repeated. It can sometimes be described as an accidental social interaction. An example would be a failed and not-repeated attempt to start a conversation.
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