Steam Engine in the Industrial Revolution

The steam engine is the major invention of the industrial revolution. Experiments in the seventeenth century turned, by the middle of the nineteenth, into a technology which powered huge factories allowing deeper mines and moved a transport network. Industrial Scenes before 1750 The majority of British and European industries before 1750 – the traditional arbitrary … Continue reading Steam Engine in the Industrial Revolution


Social Control

Definition The term social control refers to the many ways in which our thoughts, behaviour, and appearance are regulated by the norms, rules, laws, and social structures of society. It is a necessary component of social order, because without social control society could not exist. Parts of Social Control Social control is achieved through a … Continue reading Social Control

The Industrial Revolution: A Brief History

Introduction The term Industrial Revolution refers to a period of massive economic, technological, social, and cultural change which affected humans to such an extent that it is often compared to the change from hunter-gathering to farming. In other words it can be said that a mainly agrarian world economy based on manual labour was transformed … Continue reading The Industrial Revolution: A Brief History


Gender is one of the subfields within sociology and features theory and research that critically interrogates the social construction of gender, how gender interacts with other social forces in society, and how gender relates to social structure overall. Sociologists in this subfield study a wide range of topics with a variety of research methods, including things … Continue reading Gender

Classic and Classical Literature

Definition Some academics and fiction writers use the terms “classic” and “classical” interchangeably when they talk about literature and/or novel. Each term, however, has a separate meaning. The list of books that are considered classic or classical differs greatly. A work of classical literature refers only to ancient Greek and Roman works, while classics refer to … Continue reading Classic and Classical Literature

How Community Differs from Society

Introduction Most people use the term community and society in the same function because they understand these terms have the same meaning. Community and society, in sociological context, initially come from two German words, Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft. They are used to explain the different kinds of social ties that exist in small, rural, and traditional … Continue reading How Community Differs from Society

Empiricism and Rationalism

Introduction Is our knowledge based on our experiences, or is it based solely on our reasoning? European philosophers since Plato, Descartes, and Hume have been discussing this question. The present writing tackles the question in a very broad and basic fashion. Empiricism Empiricism is the philosophical stance according to which the senses are the ultimate … Continue reading Empiricism and Rationalism

How Sociologists View the Society

Introduction The term “sociology” can be defined simply as the study of society, but the practice of sociology is much more than a field of study. Sociology is also a way of viewing the world. The sociological perspective involves recognising and evaluating the effects of social relationships, social structures and forces, considering the present day … Continue reading How Sociologists View the Society