First, we would like to say thank you for visiting us. If you are new to this site, or to sociology in general, this page helps guide you through the way the site functions to help you get the most out of it. The website is divided into three main areas: Everyday Sociology, Academic Sociology, and The Interlocutor.
This area of the site contains articles around popular culture, news, life stories, and general daily topics many other online outlets produce. What makes us completely different is that we draw on sociology to illuminate the particular article. It not only provides articles as a source of media, but as a source of education so that both academic and non-academic readers learn about sociology whilst consuming online content.
Further, it is intended to show that sociology is not just the bog-standard Marxism, functionalism, and interactionism that is bundled with an academic course. Rather, it shows that sociology can be anything related to society whatsoever and that sociology can manifest within the smallest details.
In the academic sociology area, you can find content based upon academic needs. Think of it as a kind of online textbook. This area intends to cover all the standard areas covered in sociology but also expand out into the academic universe through a sociological lens. You can also find guides and how-to’s for all levels of education which will aid you in your pursuit of academic triumphs. We aim to produce a sociological goldmine of knowledge including bibliographies, how to write the best essays, and how to find the best resources.
The interlocutor area is the part of our site dedicated to interviews with various people from within sociology. It aims to publish conversations with researchers and others in relation to sociological topics.
Unlike typical dictionaries which give a set definition of a term, we prefer to let academic definitions take precedence. Typical dictionary definitions in sociology are often highly disputed and regularly do not reflect the complexities on which they are based. Therefore, we try to find as many ways as possible in which terms are defined within academic papers. This helps to provide our readers with a ready-made set of definitions derived from the academic landscape for use in essays or papers. Our dictionary then, contains under a definition a series of quotes from academic papers to help illuminate the definitional complexities of a concept.
Under the about menu, you can find out more on our ethos, how to support the site, staff profiles, how to write for us, and any frequently asked questions which tend to arise.
Finding What You Need
If you are looking for a concept, the best way to start is by clicking on the search (the little magnifying glass icon) and asking ‘what is…’ or ‘what are…’ or ‘who was…’. For example, ‘what is marxism’. Hopefully, the search will narrow down the article you need straight away. If you think in concepts, it will be much easier to find what you need. You can also use the tags which are applied to a given post. For example, if you search for ‘what is marxism‘, and then select the post ‘what is marxism‘, then you will see at the bottom of the post, just above the author, a set of tags used. In this example, you can click on the tag ‘marxism‘ to see other posts which cover Marxism. This will return results from both academic and everyday sociology. To find whether a post you have clicked on is from everyday or academic sociology, you can either look above the title of the post, or check the website address.