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the systematic study of social behavior and human groups.
Social imagination
an awareness of the relationship between an individual and the wider society.
Term coined by C. Wright Mills.
(describes this type of creative thinking as the ability to view one's own society as an outsider.
Max Weber (1846-1920)
German for "Understanding or Insight"
Weber taught his students to employ verstehen.
a set of statements that seeks to explain problems, actions or behavior.
Coined the term 'sociology' to apply to the science of human behavior. He called sociology the "queen" and its practitioners "scientist-priest"
Auguste Comte 1798-1857
Theoretical work on suicide, appointed as one of the first professors of sociology in France. Insistence that behavior must be understood within a larger social context not just in individualistic terms.
Training: Philosophy
The Division of Labor in Society 1893
Suicide: A Study in Sociology 1897
Elementary Forms of Religious Life 1912
Emile Durkheim 1858-1917
the loss of direction a society feels when social control of individual behavior has become ineffective.
German, Professor, taught his students to employ Verstehen.
Training in Law, economics, history,
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.
Max Webber 1864-1920
Training: Philosophy and law
Works: The Communist Manifesto 1848
Das Kapital 1867.
Critical of existing institutions, spent life in exile. His analysis was fundamentally divided between classes that clash in pursuit of their own class interest.
Karl Marx 1818-1883
Preferred to use the sociological perspective to look first at smaller units - intimate, face to face groups such as families, gangs, friendship networks. Increased understanding of groups of relatively small size.
Training in Economics. Professor of Sociology at University of Michigan
Charles Horton Cooley 1864-1929