What is Sociology?

Sociology is an academic discipline which aims to connect private troubles and public issues. This means looking at the problems of everyday life, like why women do more housework than men, why black and brown people in the UK are less likely to be employed than white people, or why one private school has educated 19 British Prime Ministers, and trying to understand the forces in society that produce these trends, and how they affect individuals. Sociologists ask and try to answer questions about people and society through research, using methods such as surveys, interviews, historical materials, photography and art. At Surviving Society, we want to raise the profile of Sociology as a way of understanding the world, as we believe it has a lot to offer in these uncertain political times.

Find out more about Sociology on the British Sociological Association website.