The study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. Sociology tends to focus on industrialized societies, human behavior in groups, how groups form, how they are organized, how they interact and how they change.
OpenStax “Intro to Sociology” 2nd edition contains comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories in sociology.
Through Sociology, we study our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. ASA Topics web pages provide various lenses through which to explore those studies, their findings and the questions that they trigger.
Sociological Images encourages all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief discussions of compelling and timely imagery that span the breadth of sociological inquiry.
ASA Style Guide
American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide is available at the Research Desk. You can also read about some basic styling tips. Your instructor may want you to use different citation style. Be sure to check with them first.
Consider these questions:
- Who is the focus of my research topic (adolescents, men, college-aged women, elderly, etc.)?
- What phenomenon I am searching for (social media, brainwashing, the effects of advertising, etc.)?
- What do I want to focus on within sociology (options for resolving the issue, socio-economic factors, prevalence, etc.)?
Why narrow my topic?
Answering the above questions will get you keywords (concepts or terms) to search with. Be specific in your searches so that you are not bombarded with too many results.
Add these words or phrases:
- social issues (e.g., brainwashing and “social issues”)
- social context (e.g., addiction and “social context”)
- group behavior (e.g., homeless and “group behavior”)
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Features interesting, informative, and most of all entertaining commentary from sociologists around the United States
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