A Look into Sociology

Sociology is an intricate study of humankind on many forms. This article will examine six significant factors and give a better look on sociology itself.

Sociology has its roots in the Enlightenment. With the want  for more information, more understanding of the world, man started to focus on the very  thing he created himself: society. This, in a way, is what sociology is. Sociology is the study of human behavior, from its origins to its evolutions. With the increase in human development, there became a higher variety of human-life. What makes sociology an unique science is its focus on humanity. This makes sociology important both to the present and the future, for it takes what has happened in the past and present and uses the information effectively in understanding groups, individuals, and society itself.

There are also observational studies and experiments. Sociological experiments can be like other scientific ones, with variables for scientific research, but lots of the times the answers aren't so simple. It takes a good eye and mind to analyze the data, making sociology a more delicate process in the long run.

The second item to focus on is culture. Culture is the grouping of specific mindsets that have developed over time in certain parts of the world, allowing any scientist or onlooker to realize general differences between groups and make general recognitions this way. Thus said, it is an important factor to take into account when dealing with sociological information. Culture can be broken down into many different aspects or parts. Language both creates barriers and brings worlds together. Different languages cause speed bumps in scientific or any form of study throughout the world. It brings insight further into the culture of the people being studying and allows the sociologist more key and individual information. A third important item to focus on is the social structure. The social structure is the creation of different levels in society throughout the world to better define and understand how society itself works. It is not man made in that people can decide how many layers there are to society or the different reactions between different levels. It is an evolution of society itself, changing from culture to culture or place to place.

Social structure can be broken down into looking at society as having different statuses and different roles. Status can be looked at as the person's worth through society's eyes. While status can be looked at as almost just a term or some physical measurement of humans in society, the role is a much deeper, more personal experience. A good part of culture, sociology, and society are groups. Not everything is on the individual level. The size of the group affects the effectiveness of productivity. The perfect size, this balance between small and large, between answerable and countable, is not clear. One might need a large group to make references about a whole city, province or even country. Societies are merely just humans grouped by distinguishable differences in culture, mind, history, relationship, and teachings. It appears to be a complicated system of organization, but it is no different in culture, religion, or role/status in its way of defining and dedicating answers to truth. Societies are very important groups of people, both to the real world and to sociology.

Socialization is the way of converting or forming into the very definitions of society. The complexity of our societies and groups is what. We go beyond the instinctive world and step into rationality. We are so heavily reliant on some form of socialization, that to think of world without it would mean thinking of a world without humans. The fifth major factor in sociology is race and ethnicity. Like culture and religion, race can play an important role to a society and its social structure. Even still, one race can experience both extremes throughout the world and even in the same proximity. Races, ethnicities and groups can be broken down into majority and minority.
This is like most social classing. It is important to note the difference between race and ethnicity here. Race refers to the grouping of people through biological similarities and histories while ethnicity is created from both racial and cultural ties, making it not necessarily inherit in that it's physically in a person's blood, but inherit in that it is so tightly woven to the history of the person and his/her people that it has been a kind of grouping. Humans in general assume or at least say there are many more, confusing both races and ethnicity with each other and other groups. By the common human's understanding of the word race, it is so misunderstood that it haso biological reference whatsoever. But on scientific terms, race would require an evolutionary viewpoint to accept it as been true.

The sixth item and factor is gender. Gender plays an important part in sociology like any of the humane sciences. While both imply the two different forms of sexual creatures, male and female, the word sex tends to just refer to this while gender also implies the identity created by this distinction in both society and cultures.

In truth, the structure of society, of mankind and all things it has created, is a complex and delicate one. Sociology can only understand the here and now.


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