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I. Definition

Sociology is an empirical social science; its field of study encompasses the relatively enduring forms and structures of social action (Action, Science of ) and the resultant social units, from entities like the family and kinship group and social groups to large-scale organizations and states. The word itself is an artificial combination of Latin socius (“companion, fellow”…

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Schäfers, Bernhard, Leppin, Volker, Meyer-Blanck, Michael, de Boutemard, Bernhard Suin and Knoblauch, Hubert, “Sociology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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