Outline of sociology

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the discipline of sociology:

Sociology – the study of society[1] using various methods of empirical investigation[2] and critical analysis[3] to understand human social activity, from the micro level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and social structure.[4]

Nature of sociology[edit]


Sociology can be described as all of the following:

  • The study of society.
  • Academic discipline – body of knowledge given to - or received by - a disciple (student); a branch or sphere of knowledge, or field of study, that an individual has chosen to specialise in.
  • Field of science – widely recognized category of specialized expertise within science, and typically embodies its own terminology and nomenclature. Such a field will usually be represented by one or more scientific journals, where peer reviewed research is published. There are many sociology-related scientific journals.
    • Social science – field of academic scholarship that explores aspects of human society.

Essence of sociology[edit]



Key themes across sociological research[edit]

Branches of sociology[edit]

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields involving sociology[edit]

History of sociology[edit]

Theoretical perspectives in sociology[edit]



Critical realist[edit]


Challenging structure[edit]

Social interactions[edit]


Social justice[edit]



Levels of analysis[edit]

Methodology and methods in sociology[edit]

General sociology concepts[edit]

Sociology by location[edit]


Sociological publications[edit]

Sociology journals

Sociology books

Sociological associations[edit]

Sociological associations


Related fields[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Comte, Auguste, A Dictionary of Sociology (3rd Ed), John Scott & Gordon Marshall (eds), Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 0-19-860986-8, ISBN 978-0-19-860986-5
  2. ^ Ashley D, Orenstein DM (2005). Sociological theory: Classical statements (6th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts, US: Pearson Education. pp. 3–5, 32–36.
  3. ^ Ashley D, Orenstein DM (2005). Sociological theory: Classical statements (6th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts, US: Pearson Education. pp. 3–5, 38–40.
  4. ^ Giddens, Anthony, Duneier, Mitchell, Applebaum, Richard. 2007. Introduction to Sociology. Sixth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. Chapter 1.
  5. ^ Wright II, Earl (February 2010). "Atlanta: Birthplace of American Sociology". American Sociological Association. 38 (2): 1–6. Retrieved April 19, 2020.

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