Sociology is the study of the society we live in. It includes human behavior, the impact society has on an individual, the social issues and concerns and every other factor that involves in the study of society.

Article Compilation for Sociology

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Well, it is simple. We will keep adding fresh reading links to this page, in the column given on the right of the page. The column would carry fresh articles every month that you should explore and read. Also, we would be adding fresh RCs from the area, as and when they are uploaded on the website. All in all, this section of the website would be constantly expanded to offer you the best possible reading suggestions.

Authors to explore in the field of Sociology

1. David Brooks:
David Brooks became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. His column appears every Tuesday and Friday. He is currently a commentator on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
He is the author of “Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.” In March 2011, he came out with his third book, “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” which was a No. 1 New York Times best seller.
Mr. Brooks also teaches at Yale University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (source: nytimes)

2. Arthur C. Brooks:

Arthur C. Brooks became a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times in March of 2014. He is president of the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy organization in Washington. Until 2009, he was a professor of business and government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. He is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times best seller “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (2012), “The Battle” (2010), “Gross National Happiness” (2008), “Who Really Cares” (2006) and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Mr. Brooks worked for 12 years as a classical French horn player, in the United States and Spain. He holds degrees in economics from Thomas Edison State College and Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Rand Graduate School. (source: nytimes)

3. Samuel C. Spitale:

Samuel C. Spitale is a Los Angeles-based journalist, storyteller, and humorist.
His social and political commentary on inequality, income disparity, and the struggles of the Middle Class can be found on his personal website: SamuelCSpitale.com.
He also founded a humorous story-sharing site about disaster dating in the digital age: ItGetsWorseBlog.com. His essays have been featured on Advocate.com.
Samuel previously wrote for The Star Wars Insider and starwars.com and worked in Product Development for over ten years at Lucasfilm Ltd.
Samuel is a graduate of LSU, with a Bachelor in Mass Communication and a Master in Media Management. (source: huffingtonpost)

4. Andre Averbug:

Andre grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has also lived in the United States, Spain, England and Canada. He is a serial entrepreneur and an international development economist. He contributes to several blogs on a variety of topics and has published a novella, The Drifting Self. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, an MSc from the University of London, and an MBA from McGill University. He currently resides in the Washington, DC, area. (source: huffingtonpost)

Terminology for sociology

Here is a list of words and their meanings that are often used in sociology:

  • Absolute monarchy: A system in which an individual has complete authority or control over a state or a territory and is not restricted by any laws.
  • Status: A person’s position or influence in a society is known as status.
  • Achieved status: A status that is earned or achieved by an individual based on his prowess.
  • Ascribed status: A status assigned to an individual either during birth or during the later stages of his life. Here the individual has no control and therefore the status is assigned irrespective of an individual’s skill
  • Agents of socialization: Socialization is an act of socializing or getting along with other individuals or groups. This is essential to thrive in a society.
  • An individual’s most influential interactions happens with family (from an early age -childhood), schools, peer groups and media. They are known as the major agents of socialization and are the most influential ones.
  • Aggregate: A group of people that happen to be present at the same place and at the same time but may not necessarily interact with each other or have any common grounds between them.
  • Agricultural or agrarian society: A society whose basic source of income comes from Agriculture is known as an agrarian society.
  • Alienation: An individual’s feeling of being left out, isolated or disconnected from the other members of the society is known as alienation
  • American Dream: American dream is the belief that every American irrespective of his caste, creed and social status can achieve success through hard work
  • Belief: An individual’s idea of something to be true irrespective of a rational reason or evidence backing it.
  • Anticipatory socialization: Learning of the social values, norms, attitudes and behavior of a group of which one is not a member but aspires to be.
  • Apartheid: The policy of racial discrimination that existed in South. Africa
  • Appearance: The way one looks physically.
  • Blue-collar: Another term for the working class.
  • Assimilation: The process of taking in(absorbing) information, practices and culture of another group to become its member.
  • Colonialism: The process of taking control of a weaker nation by a powerful nation and thereby exploiting its resources and turning the weaker nation into a colony
  • Authoritarianism: The political system that values obedience and submission to authority over personal freedom.
  • Caste system: A system of stratification based on ascribed statuses.
  • Charismatic authority: An authority that depends on an individual’s personal charms.