Sociologysocieties and how humans act in groups. Auguste Comte (1789 - 1857) was first to use the term.
Industrial society was an early focus. Karl Marx, Ferdinand Toennies (Ferdinand Tönnies]], Max Weber and Emile Durkheim were leading figures. Themes included: community, authority, status, and the sacred. âÀÜAlienationâÀÝ (isolation and lack of power) was also a subject.
Today sociology looks at such things as: race, ethnicity, class, gender, the family and social interaction. It also studies the breakdown of social structures; crime and divorce.