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Sociology Dictionary: A Index

These are brief definitions of sociology terms beginning with A. Click on the term for a more detailed definition.

Aberrant Deviance
Aberrant deviance is an act that violates a law or other norm secretly...

Abstracted Empiricism
Abstracted empiricism is the practice of gathering sociological data for...

Account
During a social interaction, an account is what people offer to...

Acculturation
Acculturation is a process in which members of one cultural group adopt...

Achieved Status
Also known as acquired status, an achieved status is a position in a...

Adaptation
Adaptation refers to changes that occur in order to maintain various...

Age Category
An age category is a culturally defined span of years, such as childhood or...

Ageism
Ageism is prejudice based on differences in age. Unlike most other forms of...

Age Structure
The age structure of a population is the distribution of people among various...

Aggregate
This term has two meanings in sociology. In the first sense, an aggregate...

Aging
Aging can take two forms: chronological and social. Chronological aging is...

Agrarian Society
An agrarian society focuses its mode of production primarily on agriculture and...

Alienation
Alienation is a concept that refers to both a psychological condition found...

Aligning and Realigning Action
An aligning action is any behavior that indicates to others the acceptance of...

Altruism
Altruism is the tendency to see the needs of others as more important than...

Analysis Of Variance
Analysis of variance (ANOVA) is one statistical technique used to determine how...

Anomie
Anomie is a social condition in which there is a lack of cohesion and...

Applied Sociology
Applied sociology is one of the more than a dozen fields within...

Ascribed Status
Ascribed status is a position in a social system that is beyond an individual’s...

Atomism And Holism
Atomism and holism are two concepts that represent two very different views of...

Attribution
Social attribution is a process though which people try to explain how...

Authority
Authority is a concept whose development is most often associated with...

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