Outline of sociology

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Subfields of sociology)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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]

Methodolody 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, USA: Pearson Education. pp. 3–5, 32–36.
  3. ^ Ashley D, Orenstein DM (2005). Sociological theory: Classical statements (6th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts, USA: 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.

External links[edit]