- the modern study of SOCIETY in a systematic and scientific manner. The term was first used by COMTE in 1830 but as an academic discipline it was first developed by SPENCER in the late nineteenth century. It involves the application of statistical and other techniques to understand the way people act and think as members of SOCIAL GROUPS. Other figures regarded as the founders of sociology are TOCQUEVILLE, MARX, Durkheim and WEBER.
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