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Sociology Defined. — Definitions of sociology are many. While it would be hardly correct to say that there are as many as there are sociologists, it is safe to say that they are as numerous as the various points of view of the respective groups of sociologists.

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Sociology Defined. Definitions of sociology are many. While it would be hardly correctto say that there are as many as there are sociologists, it is safe to say that they are asnumerous as the various points of view of the respective groups of sociologists.Generally, sociologists, instead of giving a formal definition of sociology, have enteredinto an extended discussion of its nature. Some, however, have used a colorlessdefinition like " Sociology is the science of society," or " the scientific study of society,"or " the science of social phenomena." Others, using more words, add but little, as forexample, " Sociology is the name applied to a somewhat inchoate mass of materialswhich embodies our knowledge about society." Other definitions somewhat moredefinite, yet unsatisfactory in many ways, are, " the science of social process " and "the science of social relation." Better than these are, " Sociology is the study of menconsidered as affecting and as affected by association," or, " the study of humanassociation, including whatever conduces to it or modifies it." Of the formal definitionsthat have been given by scientific men, none is more comprehensive than that ofProfessor Giddings, which follows : " Sociology is an attempt to account for the origin,growth, structure, and activities of society by the operation of physical, vital, andpsychical causes working together in a process of evolution." While it is difficult to givea brief comprehensive definit

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