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Sociology As A Discipline

Sociology is the scientific study of social life, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from presentation of self to religious cults, from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; from the place of childhood in the life cycle to societal perspectives on death and dying; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of health care. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and the application of knowledge.