What is sociology? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Sociology is the study of human beings as they exist in and interact with their society.  It looks at individuals, but only at the way they interact with society as a whole.  It looks at society and the groups that exist in society, and it tries to understand the ways in which belonging to a certain group affects people.

Sociology tries to look at the world through the sociological perspective.  This perspective tries to look at individuals and to determine how they are affected by their place in society.  For example, a sociologist might try to determine how being poor affects people or how people are affected by being well-educated and female.  Sociologists believe that our position in society affects our lives and they try to determine exactly who those effects work.

Sociology, then, tries to look at people in the context of society.  It tries to understand how our society and our place in society affects our lives.  Sociology a very important discipline because it tries to explain things like why some people are rich and others are poor, why some get better educations than others, and how we are affected by the types of families in which we grow up.  These are very important issues for our society and sociology is the discipline that does the most to explain them.

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Sociology is the study of human society, from individuals to groups of people such as cultures or nations. It encompasses all areas of human relationships, interactions, and institutions. Sociologists study a broad range of topics and how they affect people. Religion, social status, crime, cultural traditions, and family relationships are just a few of the issues that sociologists research. 

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It is the study of how human beings interacts, relate or live in their societies. it involves their social life which is shaped by the 12 cardinal virtues 

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andreanicole130 | eNotes Newbie

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Sociology is the scientific study of how an individual's behavior, thoughts, and feelings are influenced by the real, imagined, or implied presence of others.

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