Definitions for Sociologyˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
so•ci•ol•o•gyˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-(n.)
the science or study of the origin, development, organization, and functioning of human society; science of the fundamental laws of social relations, institutions, etc.
Origin of sociology:
1835–45; < F sociologie, coined by A. Comte in 1830; see socio -, -logy
the study and classification of human societies
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sociology(noun)ˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-
the study of societies and people's behavior
She's studying sociology in college.
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
Origin: From sociologie a term coined by Auguste Comte in 1834.
that branch of philosophy which treats of the constitution, phenomena, and development of human society; social science
Sociology is the scientific study of human society and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions. It is a social science which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social activity, structures, and functions. A goal for many sociologists is to conduct research which 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, culture, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social mobility, religion, secularization, law, 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, environmental sociology, political economy and the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the science which treats of the nature and the developments of society and of social institutions; a science to which Herbert Spencer, in succession to Comte, has contributed more than any other scientist, deducing, as he does, a series of generalisations by comparison of individual organisms with social.
The Roycroft Dictionary
The religious application of economics.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A social science dealing with group relationships, patterns of collective behavior, and social organization.
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