Chapter Study Outline: Developing a Sociological Perspective • Sociology can be identified as the systematic study of human societies, giving special emphasis to modern, industrialized systems. The subject came into being as an attempt to understand the far-reaching changes that have occurred in human societies over the past two to three centuries. • Major social changes have also occurred in the most intimate and personal characteristics of people's lives. The development of romantic love as the basis for marriage is an example of this. • The practice of sociology involves the ability to think imaginatively and to detach oneself as far as possible from preconceived ideas about social relationships. Modern Theoretical Approaches • A diversity of theoretical approaches is found in sociology. The reason for this is not particularly puzzling. Theoretical disputes are difficult to resolve even in the natural sciences, and in sociology we
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