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Subfields of sociology

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Subfields of sociology

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

Sociology studies 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

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

Main article: Sociology


Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields involving sociology

Related fields

History of sociology

Theoretical perspectives in sociology

General sociology concepts


Main article: List of sociologists

Sociological publications


See also


External links

  • Electronic Journal of Sociology
  • SocioLog, a directory of sociology resources
  • SocioSite, a directory of sociology resources
  • American Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association, AIS
  • (French) Comités de Recherche de l'Association internationale des sociologues de langue française, AISLF
  • (French) Liste des réseaux thématiques de l'Association Française de Sociologie, AFS
Professional associations
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • African Sociological Association (AfSA)
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Brazilian Sociological Society (SBS)
  • Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
  • European Sociological Association (ESA)
  • Indian Sociological Society
  • Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI)
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