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´╗┐Sociology was originally thought by Auguste Comte, the father of sociology, to have developed in three historical stages. The three stages were the Theological Stage (humans believe society acts at the will of god), Metaphysical (humans Begin to believe that society acts purely on greed), and finally, the scientific stage (Humans believe they act in a scientific way). The current stage is defined presently as the systematic study of human society.
Over the years, many people have influenced the way society is looked at. Emile Durkheim found that people that are not as socially integrated tend to be more likely to commit suicide. And she also helped establish sociology as a discipline. Karl Marx also influenced society by bringing in the ideas of socialism and equality for all. C. Wright Mills influenced sociology by creating the idea of social imagination and also proposing that society is the cause of social problems not the failings of individuals. Herbert Spencer is notable in sociology for comparing the human body to society. Robert K. Merton also helped people understand sociology by distinguishing the difference between manifest and latent functions. W.E.B. Du Bois contributed to sociology by proposing that in the twentieth century the largest sociological problem that faced the United States was racial conflict. And the final contributor that is mentioned in the first chapter is Max Weber. Weber believed that it was very important for others to look at things from multiple perspectives before making a judgment.
There are three main concepts to chapter one. The first main concept is the structural-functional approach. This approach develops the idea that society is made of multiple complex parts that work together as a whole to promote stability. The second approach is the social conflict approach. This approach sees society as a battle between unequal members that results in change and conflict. The final approach is the symbolic...

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