the freedom individuals have to choose and to act
Durkheim's term for the loss of direction felt in a society when social control of individual behavior has become ineffective
the use of the discipline of sociology with the specific intent of yielding practical applications for human behavior and organizations
the use of the discipline of sociology with the specific intent of altering social relationships or restructuring social institutions
a sociological approach that assumes that social behavior is best understood in terms of conflict or tension between competing groups.
a view of social interaction popularized by Erving Goffman in which people are seen as theatrical performers
a sociological approach that emphasizes the way in which the parts of a society are structured to maintain its stability
the worldwide integration of government policies, cultures, social movements, and financial markets through trade and the exchange of ideas
a sociological approach that generalizes about everyday forms of social interaction in order to explain society as a whole
sociological investigation that concentrates on large-scale phenomena or entire civilizations
sociological investigation that stresses the study of small groups, often through experimental means
the study of the physical features of nature and the ways in which they interact and change
obstacles that individuals face as individuals rather than as a consequence of their social position
obstacles that individuals in similar positions face; also referred to by sociologists as "social problems"
the body of knowledge obtained by methods based upon systematic observation
a condition in which members of society have differing amounts of wealth, prestige, and power.
the study of the social features of humans and the ways in the ways in which they interact and change
an awareness of the relationship between an individual and the wider society, both today and in the past
the systematic study of social behavior and human groups
in sociology, a set of statements that seeks to explain problems, actions, or behavior