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Social Constructions

Steve Bruce

in Sociology: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780192853806
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776427 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192853806.003.0002

Series: Very Short Introductions

Social Constructions

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We could describe sociology as the study of social structures and institutions. Sociological work is often divided into topics such as class structure, the family, crime and deviance, and religion. What makes sociology distinctive? ‘Social Constructions’ examines what constitutes sociology. Biology provides an interesting starting point because if we can understand the extent to which the biology of lower animals determines their lives, and then appreciate the extent to which it fails to do so for humans, we can see the enormous importance of culture. Culture provides the individual with contentment. We must acknowledge that our culture is a social product. Social order is constantly fluid.

Keywords: crime; culture; family; religion; social order

Chapter.  9744 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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