What Do Sociologist Study?

So What, Then, Is Sociology?

Sociology is a perspective that connects individuals to larger social forces, and investigates how they mutually impact one another.  It problematizes everyday life and the taken for granted in order to dig deeper and illuminate the underlying cultural values and social structures that are a part of everything we do, every choice we make, and every interaction we have.  This does not mean that society determines our choices and behavior, rather, this perspective shows us how individual autonomy is operating and constrained.

To find out more about what sociology is, watch this video put out by the American Sociological Association.

We’ll bother to point out that one of the sociologists appearing in the video is one of our very own Chico State sociology alum: Tony Silva (now an assistant professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia)!