Famous quotes by Sociologists

Sociologists have long examined the intricacies of human actions as well as the ways in which individuals interact with each other. From the cutting-edge job of Karl Marx to the modern-day theories of Pierre Bourdieu, sociologists have actually given us with a wealth of understanding into the social world. Here, we check out some of one of the most thought-provoking quotes from some of the most prominent sociologists of perpetuity, using us a look right into their unique perspectives on the human condition. From the relevance of recognizing power characteristics to the demand for social change, these quotes supply us with a powerful suggestion of the value of sociology in our lives.
Small: Prestige is the shadow of money and power
C. Wright Mills
"Prestige is the shadow of money and power"
C. Wright Mills, Sociologist
Small: Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century
"Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century"
Marshall McLuhan, Sociologist
Small: Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth
"Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth"
Jean Baudrillard, Sociologist
Small: Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any p
C. Wright Mills
"Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions"
C. Wright Mills, Sociologist
Small: We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror
"We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror"
Marshall McLuhan, Sociologist
Small: A gloss is a total system of perception and language
"A gloss is a total system of perception and language"
Talcott Parsons, Sociologist
Small: America is an outlier in the world of democracies when it comes to the structure and conduct of elections
"America is an outlier in the world of democracies when it comes to the structure and conduct of elections"
Thomas E. Mann, Sociologist
Small: There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew
"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew"
Marshall McLuhan, Sociologist
Small: Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century
"Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century"
Marshall McLuhan, Sociologist
Small: Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They p
"Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors"
Jean Baudrillard, Sociologist
Small: As I write at the end, if we step back and face the enormity of the torrent, then we have taken the first step
"As I write at the end, if we step back and face the enormity of the torrent, then we have taken the first step to imagining what we might want to do about it"
Todd Gitlin, Sociologist
Small: But we dont have an example of a democratic society existing in a socialist economy - which is the only real a
"But we don't have an example of a democratic society existing in a socialist economy - which is the only real alternative to capitalism in the modern world"
Peter L. Berger, Sociologist
Small: Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both
C. Wright Mills
"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both"
C. Wright Mills, Sociologist
Small: The principal cause of war is war itself
C. Wright Mills
"The principal cause of war is war itself"
C. Wright Mills, Sociologist
Small: Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesnt know the first thing about e
"Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either"
Marshall McLuhan, Sociologist
Small: Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know, that is, the questions to whic
"Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know, that is, the questions to which an answer is needed"
Talcott Parsons, Sociologist
Small: The implications of these considerations justify the statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge even
"The implications of these considerations justify the statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge even the commonsense knowledge of everyday life - involves implicitly, if not explicitly, systematic theory in this sense"
Talcott Parsons, Sociologist
Small: Special emphasis should be laid on this intimate interrelation of general statements about empirical fact with
"Special emphasis should be laid on this intimate interrelation of general statements about empirical fact with the logical elements and structure of theoretical systems"
Talcott Parsons, Sociologist
Small: The manufacture of desire isnt at the heart - if it isnt absurd to speak of a heart - of the media torrent.
"The manufacture of desire isn't at the heart - if it isn't absurd to speak of a heart - of the media torrent. Chronic dissatisfaction is at the heart of the matter"
Todd Gitlin, Sociologist
Small: The point of cities is multiplicity of choice
"The point of cities is multiplicity of choice"
Jane Jacobs, Sociologist
Small: Sentimentality about nature denatures everything it touches
"Sentimentality about nature denatures everything it touches"
Jane Jacobs, Sociologist
Small: The metropolis reveals itself as one of those great historical formations in which opposing streams which encl
"The metropolis reveals itself as one of those great historical formations in which opposing streams which enclose life unfold, as well as join one another with equal right"
Georg Simmel, Sociologist
Small: On the one hand, life is made infinitely easy for the personality in that stimulations, interests, uses of tim
"On the one hand, life is made infinitely easy for the personality in that stimulations, interests, uses of time and consciousness are offered to it from all sides. They carry the person as if in a stream, and one needs hardly to swim for oneself"
Georg Simmel, Sociologist
Small: The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trif
"The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles"
Charles Horton Cooley, Sociologist
Small: A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker but without these nothing wi
"A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory"
Charles Horton Cooley, Sociologist
Small: Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization
Ann Oakley
"Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization"
Ann Oakley, Sociologist
Small: The closer a Negro got to the ballot box, the more he looked like a rapist
"The closer a Negro got to the ballot box, the more he looked like a rapist"
E. Franklin Frazier, Sociologist
Small: The present structure of rewards in high schools produces a response on the part of an adolescent social syste
"The present structure of rewards in high schools produces a response on the part of an adolescent social system which effectively impedes the process of education"
James S. Coleman, Sociologist
Small: The marvelous thing is that even in studying linguistics, we find that the universe as a whole is patterned, o
"The marvelous thing is that even in studying linguistics, we find that the universe as a whole is patterned, ordered, and to some degree intelligible to us"
Kenneth L. Pike, Sociologist
Small: What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which the
C. Wright Mills
"What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which they live; their visions and their powers are limited"
C. Wright Mills, Sociologist
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