Introduction to Western Sociologists




Introduction to Western Sociologists:

France is said to be the birthplace of Sociology as the foundations of Sociology were laid down by Auguste Comte and Emile Durkheim in that country. The legacy of Sociology was later on continued in other countries in Europe and the western world.

The development of Sociology is not restricted to the western world. Sociology has also developed in India. There are numerous sociologists in India. In this Unit we will focus on six sociologists – Auguste Comte, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Marx from the west and G. S. Ghurye, M. N. Srinivas, and Iravati Karve from India.

Each sociologist has worked on specific areas within the broad scope of Sociology as a discipline. Many of them have developed specific concepts unique to their area of inquiry and developed theories through which they explain human social behaviour.

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