An example of sociology is what someone is studying when they attend a religious service of a religion that isn’t their own.
- the science of human society and of social relations, organization, and change; specif., the study of the beliefs, values, etc. of societal groups and of the processes governing social phenomena
Origin of sociologyFrench sociologie (coined in 1830 by A. Comte): see socio- and amp; -logy
- The study of human social behavior, especially the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society.
- Analysis of a social institution or societal segment as a self-contained entity or in relation to society as a whole.
Origin of sociologyFrench sociologie : socio-, socio- + -logie, study (from Greek -logiā; see –logy).
- so′ci·o·log′ic , so′ci·o·log′i·cal
From French sociologie, coined by Auguste Comte in 1834. Previous mentions of the field in English usually referred to it as social physics.