sociology[sō′sē äl′ə jē, -s̸hē-]
- Sociology is defined as the study of human values, relationships, beliefs and society.
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 (Isidore) Auguste (Marie François Xavier) 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.