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the scientific study of social relationships and phenomena.


/so·ci·ol·o·gy/ (so″se-ol´ah-je) the scientific study of social relationships and phenomena.


Etymology: L, socius + Gk, logos, science
the study of group behavior within a society.


n the study of group behavior within a society.

Patient discussion about sociology

Q. i suffer from fear of heights ... is there any sociological way to treat it and make it less effective?

A. Fear of heights is a very common specific phobia, in psychiatric terms. Nowadays the best way of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),in which a person learns how to deal with the phobia through cognitive thinking in steps. It is a very recommended method in psychology/ psychiatry these days.

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To be sure, liberals do tend to be sociologically individualistic, but no more so than conservatives and fundamentalists who seek the personal salvation of unbelievers.
Among their perspectives are critical issues in the theory, cultural capital, differentiation of health, managing uncertainty though participation, thinking sociologically, and the health society.
Sociologically, their chances of enjoying the aforementioned dinner parties are slim; what is more they know it, hence, the often sad and simple requests forthcoming when we listen to their 'voice'.
Selected mostly from two of Mogutin's solo exhibitions--"Lost Boys" (2003) and "No Love" (2004)--the book's images are charged both erotically and sociologically.
Offering alternatives to current practices and structures of inequality that plague educational systems, this sociologically informed book: takes a rare look at urban school success stories, instead of those depicting failure: explores the social processes that enable racial minority youth to escape the unequal structures of urban schooling to perform well in school; and focuses on youth's interpretations and reactions to the schooling process to determine how schools can empower youth and promote the social mobility of low-income urban populations.
While Kern does reference Durkheim's famous decision to study suicide because doing so "required explaining sociologically an act that was thought to be quintessentially personal," he offers no parallel interrogation of the analytical import of choosing murder as the central subject for an investigation of causation (p.
Of course, some of these photos could be considered so sociologically relevant they may be kept in our personal collections.
But as a sociologically revelatory document that captures the heartbeat of a society in story?
Varsity describes the aim of its top 100 as saying something sociologically significant about the university by listing those who have made the biggest impact through academic or extra curricular achievement.
There is nothing here, sociologically speaking, that historians will find surprising or indeed even outside their everyday toolkit.
The land runs of the late 1800s plus governmental programs that over 140 years affected land use have fragmented the landscape spatially, ecologically, and sociologically.
It's the new "world car," only without the compromises that arise from selling the same car in demographically, economically, politically, and sociologically different markets--the "wrapper" is different in each.