Category: Sociology Essay Examples

See our collection of sociology essay examples. These example essays are to help you understanding how to write a sociology essay. Sociology is the only science specifically devoted to the study of society in the broad sense of the term, meaning the social world and the open field of the social. Like many of the social and human sciences it does not have a clearly defined subject matter. Also, see our list of sociology essay topics to find the one that interests you.

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Essay on Positive Deviance

Dodge (1985: 17) formally introduced positive deviance into the sociology of deviant behavior to broaden the field beyond simply negative deviance – the ”offensive, disgusting, contemptible, annoying or threatening.” Sagarin (1985) immediately contested the term, calling it an oxymoron, initiating a ”fiery debate” over the concept’s viability, leading …

Essay on Positivism

While it has been customary to distinguish between the quasi-political movement called ”positivism” originated by Auguste Comte in the 1830s and the more strictly philosophical movement called ”logical positivism” associated with the Vienna Circle of the 1930s, both held that the unchecked exercise of reason can have disastrous …

Essay on Post-Industrial Society

Following the Keynesian response to the Great Depression, the Allies’ defeat of fascism, the Marshall Plan and the reconstruction of western Europe and sustained economic growth in the western bloc from 1945 into the 1960s, Raymond Aron (1967), Daniel Bell (1960), Ralf Dahrendorf (1959) and John Goldthorpe et …

Essay on Postmodern Culture

Postmodern culture is a far-reaching term describing a range of activities, events, and perspectives relating to art, architecture, the humanities, and the social sciences beginning in the second half of the twentieth century. In contrast to modern culture, with its emphasis on social progress, coherence, and universality, postmodern …

Essay on Postmodern Feminism

Postmodern feminism confronts and rejects essentialist practices, understandings and explanations of society as established in and by modernity. Merged with postmodern theory, this form of feminism challenges claims of a unified subject, such as one common definition of ”woman”; and instead recognizes differences, of having all views and …

Essay on Postmodern Sexualities

Sexuality is often located within various epochs -classic, premodern, modern, and the like – and the most recent stage has been controversially identified as ”postmodern.” Here human sexualities are not seen as well-fashioned patterns, solid identities, grand truths, or essential natures. In contrast, new social accounts of sexualities …

Essay on Postmodern Social Theory

Postmodern social theory is a field which is both difficult to define and rejects being defined. It is, in fact, a field that struggles against definitions, against norms, against protocols. Instead, it seeks to deconstruct, decenter, and delegitimize scientific claims to universal truths. With these characteristics in mind, …

Essay on Postpositivism

In the twentieth century the heritage of positivism as a philosophy of science underwent major changes. Earlier intellectual developments in the century led to logical positivism (and, with some variation in ideas, logical empiricism). The continuity with classical positivism was maintained in terms of opposition to metaphysics, but …

Essay on Poststructuralism

Like postmodernism, this relatively recent coinage encompasses a wide range of intellectual schools and levels of analysis. These approaches tend to cluster around two somewhat overlapping camps: the ”literary” theorists interested in describing the structure of language and culture, and the ”sociological” camp consisting of sociologists and anthropologists …

Essay on Poverty

Poverty is often thought of as economic privation — a lack of resources such as food, shelter, clothing, and financial assets that contribute to material deprivation — but poverty can also be understood as a ”diminished capacity” to engage in society — social relationships, cultural traditions, politics, the …