The Ambiguity Of Modern Society

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Modern society is a complex phenomenon of which our understanding is hugely enhanced by the science of sociology. It is the scientific study of human interaction, social groups, whole societies and the world as such. Sociology entails devloping a ‘social imagination’ meaning linking personal troubles and public issues. (Sutton, 2013, S. 7) This social science aims to make the ambiguity of human interaction more accessible and concrete. It was Comte, who attributed the name sociology to the science of society, that observed that society shares many similarities with living organisms such as the fact that it has structure, some parts function independently, and that society has evolved from simpler to more complex forms over time. (Melvin L. …show more content…
Also it helps us see what impacts various institutions have on society, one of the most obvious ones being the impact of technology change. (Guide) The development in technology has brought a massive change upon our planet, like contributing to economic growth and accelerated urbanisation. An example of a major problem among modern society is eating disorders. Like Durkheim’s study on suicide, eating disorders are considered a very personal problem but if one looks at it on a larger scale, very interesting conclusions can be drawn. For instance, in the US, most people with eating disorders are women rather than men. This can be explained due to the fact that in American society there is so much importance placed on a person’s physique. Especially for women, who “should” have a slender figure and aspire to be like the slim models on magazine covers – a highly unrealistic ideal. (Barken) Another massive aspect, which has changed from the traditional societies is the industrial and technological revolution. This progress can be seen in the rapid economic growth, which can be traced back to the division of labour to enlarge efficiency.

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