What is Sociology?

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What is sociology?

*Sociology, is the scientific study of human social life, groups, and socities.(1) Sociology is used to help us understand the how we are in the world, how we act in our cultures, and why we act as we do. It looks at things like race and gender affect are viewed and affect societies ways of living. While they maybe a bit similar, Sociology differs from psychology in that, Sociology focues on the study of human behaviour in groups. Psychology is the study of the individual human mind. It focuses on inner problems and tries to figure out why people think and behave as they do.

Sociology focuses on social groups and communities, where psychology focues on the individual mind. But this doesn't mean that Sociology doesn't also focus on the individual, these two studies just focus on the individual in different ways. *American sociologist C. Wright Mills (1959) ovserved that social sinces enable people to "translate private troubles in public issues". He means that individuals often believe that the problems they face are personal, thinking that it's because of how they are as person, and is based on their on decisions. Sociology sees that these "personal" troubles, if occurring in patterned wats, to large numbers of indibiduals, relfect important "Public issues" or consequences of social structures".(2) Through this I that Sociology focuces on individuals to see how those individuals as a group form and shape the society they live in, while psychology again, focuces just on the individuals themselves and how they think.

*Sociology helps us to understand how and why public issues and personal troubles arise.(3) This again is an example of how sociology and psychology differ. Psychology, would look at problem like bullying, and study each individual included in the bullying (the bully(ies) and the ones being bullied), and try to figure out things like, what in the bully's mind is making them act this way, or what happened in their life, and...
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