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.
Sociological inquiry conducted with the objective of gaining a more profound knowledge of the fundamental aspects of social phenomena, also known as pure sociology.
The use of the discipline of sociology with the specific intent of facilitating change by 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 that examines people as if they were theatrical performers.
An element or a process of society that may disrupt a social system or lead to a decrease in stability.
A sociological approach that views inequity in gender as central to all behavior and organization.
A sociological approach that emphasizes the way that parts of a society are structured to maintain its stability.
A construct or model that serves as a measuring rod against which actual cases can be evaluated.
A sociological approach that generalizes about everyday forms of social interaction in order to understand society as a whole.
Unconscious or unintended functions; hidden purposes.
Sociological investigation that concentrates on large-scale phenomena or entire civilizations.
Open, stated, and conscious functions
Sociological investigation that stresses study of small groups and often uses laboratory experimental studies.
The study of the physical features of nature and the ways in which they interact and change.
The sending of messages through the use of posture, facial expressions, and gestures.
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 various aspects of human society.
n awareness of the relationship between an individual and the wider society.
The systematic study of social behavior and human groups.
In sociology, a set of statements that seeks to explain problems, actions, or behavior
The German word for “understanding” or “insight”; used to stress the need for