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Etymology Edit

From French sociologie, coined by Auguste Comte in 1834, itself a combination of Latin socius (companion, fellowship) and the Greek suffix Ancient Greek -λογία (-logía), itself from Ancient Greek λόγος (lógos, word, knowledge).

Previous mentions of the field in English usually referred to it as social physics.[1]

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  • enPR: sō-shē-ŏl′-əjē
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsəʊsiːˈɒlədʒiː/, /ˌsəʊʃiːˈɒlədʒiː/
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Noun Edit

sociology (plural sociologies)

  1. A social science that studies society, human social interaction, patterns of social relationships, and the interactions of culture. Through both theory and applied research, it engages subject matters across a range of microanalysis, mesoanalysis, and macroanalysis.

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References Edit

  1. ^ “On the Origin and Use of the Word "Sociology," and on the Relation of Sociological to Other Studies and to Practical Problems”, in American Journal of Sociology[1], volume 9, issue 2, accessed 2022-Aug-24, pages 145-162

Further reading Edit

  • "sociology" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 295.