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Man is a social animal. It is not possible for him to live in isolation. He needs people around and hence lives in a society. When he lives in a society, he needs to follow some norms of the society. In this scenario general sociology comes into being. General sociology is very close to psychology though different on many levels. What makes sociology a different science is its focus on humanity. Though seemingly easy at first, after a good look one can recognise the complex behavior of mankind that has evolved over thousands of years from having a society. This makes sociology important both to the present and the future, for it takes what has happened in the past and present and uses the information effectively in understanding groups, individuals, and society itself (Rose).


General sociology may be defined as the study of social relationships, social action and social culture. Areas studied in general sociology can range from the analysis of brief contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. Numerous fields within the discipline concentrate on how and why people are organised in society, either as individuals or as members of associations, groups, and institutions. As an academic discipline, general sociology is most often considered as a branch of social science. This is also identified as a behavioral science (Wikipedia 2007[online].


General sociology introduces an individual about socialisation, social structure of the society, relationships, education, religion, crime, deviance etc. it studies various aspects such as population, urbanisations, health care, disability, race ethnicity etc. General sociology is very useful science as it benefits planners. Researchers, educators, lawmakers, business personals and all those are interested in the general welfare of the public. General sociology is very helpful for those who want to formulate policies for the general public (Kachroo, 1996).


Aim of general sociology

The science of general sociology aims to clarify the difference between personal problems and social conditions. General sociology defines the concept of sociological aspect of the society. It gives an idea about the sociological paradigms such as social conflicts, structural and functional aspects of the society. It also aims at helping the sociologist to frame better policies for the society. It provides scientific tools make maximum use of the information available from the past. General sociology is very helpful in making individuals social being.



General sociology is very important for the society. There are large numbers of institutions that offer courses in general sociology. These courses are very important as they provide the society with people who understand the society and its requirements better. In these courses, the students study the social structure and the society all over the world. The students study the various aspects of sociology like social structure, culture, society, socialisation, race, ethnicity, language barriers, gender differences etc. They carryout surveys and various sociological experiments and researches to find a solution to the social problems, these coerces are very helpful in grooming the individuals to good sociologist.





Rose, Jake. A  Look into Sociology.  


Kachroo, J.L. General Sociology.  1996 Edition.


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