Nature of Sociology: Sociology is not like natural sciences. It is also different from other social sciences in certain ways. Robert Bierstedt in his book ‘ The Social Order’ has enlisted the following characteristics of sociology:
- Sociology is an independent science and is studied like any other science. It has its own field of study, methodology, and boundaries.
- Sociology belongs to the family of social sciences and not of physical sciences. It is closely related to history, economics, anthropology, political science, psychology, etc.
- Sociology is a Normative discipline but rather a Categorical discipline. It is ethically neutral.
- Sociology is not an applied science but pure science. Its main aim is the acquisition of knowledge. It is not bothered about the use of that acquired knowledge.
- Sociology is relatively an abstract science and not a concrete science. It is concerned with the forms and patterns of human events.
- Sociology does not particularise or Individualise. Rather it is a generalizing branch of study.
- The area of inquiry of sociology is general and not specialized as it is concerned with human interactions and human life in general.
- Sociology is both Empirical and Rational Science.
Nature of Sociology
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