Definition of sociology
1 : the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically : the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings
2 : the scientific analysis of a social institution as a functioning whole and as it relates to the rest of society
3 : synecology
sociologistplay \ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jist ˌsō-shē-\ noun
Recent Examples of sociology from the Web
Globally, porn is a $97 billion industry, according to Kassia Wosick, assistant professor of sociology at New Mexico State University.
Derya Keskin Demirer, 48, was dismissed from her position as an assistant professor of labor sociology at northern Turkey’s University of Kocaeli in September.
This is especially important at a time when people are skeptical of city governments, said Blazak, the sociology professor.
Aurora Vergara is a sociology professor and director of the Afro-Diasporic Studies Center at Icesi University in Cali.
Doug Hartmann, a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, has studied midnight basketball for nearly 30 years.
At that time, Jasiczek was recognized for his work in the classroom as well as for starting a sociology club.
A case in point is Johnny Eric Williams, an assistant professor of sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, which actually shut the campus Wednesday after threats resulting from an article about him on a conservative website.
A sociology lecturer at the University of Tennessee Knoxville wasn't too happy when her student questioned her about an incorrect response on a quiz.
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Origin and Etymology of sociology
French sociologie, from socio- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1842See Words from the same year
SOCIOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sociology for English Language Learners
: the study of society, social institutions, and social relationships
Medical Definition of sociology
: the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically : the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings
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