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Sociology Quotes

Some favourite sociology quotes - selected by our Faculty and Grad Students 

"Social activities are orderly. This orderliness is observable. This observable orderliness is ordinary. The ordinary observable orderliness is oriented. This orientedly ordinary observable orderliness is rational. This rational oriented ordinary observable orderliness is describable."

~ Michael Lynch

 

"Sociology offers a breadth of subject matter that  any other field in the sciences or humanities will struggle to match." 

~ Rupert Russel

 

"It’s not that individuals cannot act as they wish. It is simply that they do not, knowing what they know of the world, whose forces are accepted by the self. "

~ Gary Alan Fine (1991, p. 164)

 

"The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society." 

~ C. Wright Mills

  

"My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous, which is not exactly the same as bad. If everything is dangerous, then we always have something to do." 

~ Michel Foucault

  

"Our security agencies work with each other and with others around the globe to track people who are threats to Canada and to watch threats that may evolve. I think though...this is not a time to commit sociology, if I can use an expression" 

~ Stephen Harper

 

"Our aim is the understanding of the characteristic uniqueness of the reality in which we move."

~ Max Weber

 

"In science, when human behavior enters the equation, things go nonlinear. That’s why Physics is easy and Sociology is hard."

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

"Doubt everything (de omnibus dubitandum)."

~ Karl Marx