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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 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

Main article: Sociology

Branches Edit

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields involving sociology Edit

Related fields Edit

History of sociology Edit

Theoretical perspectives in sociology Edit

General sociology concepts Edit

Sociologists Edit

Main article: List of sociologists

Sociological publications Edit

Main article: List of sociology journals

Academies Edit

See alsoEdit


  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.), 3–5, 32–36, Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Pearson Education.
  3. Ashley D, Orenstein DM (2005). Sociological theory: Classical statements (6th ed.), 3–5, 38–40, Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Pearson Education.
  4. Giddens, Anthony, Duneier, Mitchell, Applebaum, Richard. 2007. Introduction to Sociology. Sixth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. Chapter 1.
  5. H. Mowlana (2001). "Information in the Arab World", Cooperation South Journal 1.
  6. Dr. S. W. Akhtar (1997). "The Islamic Concept of Knowledge", Al-Tawhid: A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Thought & Culture 12 (3).
  7. Amber Haque (2004), "Psychology from Islamic Perspective: Contributions of Early Muslim Scholars and Challenges to Contemporary Muslim Psychologists", Journal of Religion and Health 43 (4): 357-377 [375].
  8. Enan, Muhammed Abdullah (2007). Ibn Khaldun: His Life and Works, The Other Press.
  9. Alatas, S. H. (2006). The Autonomous, the Universal and the Future of Sociology. Current Sociology 54: 7–23 [15].
  10. Warren E. Gates (July–September 1967). The Spread of Ibn Khaldun's Ideas on Climate and Culture. Journal of the History of Ideas 28 (3): 415–422 [415].

External linksEdit

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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

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