List of famous sociologists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Any person who is an expert in the study of social institutions in the society and the development of humans with social circles in communities may be referred to as a sociologist. Sociologists study human behavior, their origins, evolution and other factors like their development, interactions and their collective behavioral patterns in social groups. Thus, sociologists are engaged in the scientific analysis and the examination of any social institution and its relationship and effects on the various facets of the human society. They study the reasons for behavioral change in humans over a period of time and determine the various factors that cause can in behavior. Sociology originated in the 18th and the 19th century, during the period when Western Europe was going through a host of economical, technical changes and social changes that a great impact on the social order. Sociologist may be specialized in fields like social problems, social psychology, social statistics, industrial sociology, sociology of work, sociology of occupations and professions and other files. Some other areas of specializations include race, gender, sex, cultural diversity, labor and industrial relations, personnel management and business relations. Discover some of the world’s most famous sociologists with the help of their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
Karl Marx Karl Marx
Prussian

Pitirim Sorokin Pitirim Sorokin
American, Russian

Judith ButlerJudith Butler
American
Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
German

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
French
Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
Swiss
Jean BaudrillardJean Baudrillard
French
Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
German, American

Erich FrommErich Fromm
German
Pim FortuynPim Fortuyn
-
Erving GoffmanErving Goffman
Canadian, American

Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
French
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American
Talcott ParsonsTalcott Parsons
American
Marjorie Merriweather PostMarjorie Merriweather Post
American

Robert K. MertonRobert K. Merton
American
Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
German
Thorstein VeblenThorstein Veblen
Norwegian, American

Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
German
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
French, Italian
Stanley MilgramStanley Milgram
American
Anthony GiddensAnthony Giddens
British

René GirardRené Girard
French
Paul EkmanPaul Ekman
-
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American

Alva BelmontAlva Belmont
American
Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel
German
Bruno LatourBruno Latour
French
Charles FourierCharles Fourier
French

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
American
Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
French
Frances PerkinsFrances Perkins
American

Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
French
C. Wright MillsC. Wright Mills
American
Henri LefebvreHenri Lefebvre
French
José Ortega y GassetJosé Ortega y Gasset
Spanish

Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
American
Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
Hungarian
Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
British, American

Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
French
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American
Fernando Henrique CardosoFernando Henrique Cardoso
Brazilian
Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
American

Jacques EllulJacques Ellul
French
Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
German, American
Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann
German

Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
American
Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
Iranian
Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
French
Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin
American

Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
British
Lewis HineLewis Hine
American
Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
Syrian

Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
French
Elton MayoElton Mayo
Australian
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American
Daniel DefertDaniel Defert
French

Marcel MaussMarcel Mauss
French
Alfred WeberAlfred Weber
German
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British

Manuel CastellsManuel Castells
Spanish
David McClellandDavid McClelland
American
Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke
German
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British

Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American
Alfred Radcliffe-BrownAlfred Radcliffe-Brown
British
Christopher LaschChristopher Lasch
American

Patrick GeddesPatrick Geddes
British, Scottish
Peter L. BergerPeter L. Berger
Austrian, American
Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
American
Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American
Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke
American
Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French

Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
Austrian, American
Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American
E. E. Evans-PritchardE. E. Evans-Pritchard
British
Daniel BellDaniel Bell
American

Ernest GellnerErnest Gellner
British
Wilhelm DiltheyWilhelm Dilthey
German
Karl MannheimKarl Mannheim
German, Hungarian, British

Andre Gunder FrankAndre Gunder Frank
German
Ulrich BeckUlrich Beck
German
Stéphane DionStéphane Dion
Canadian
Ernst BlochErnst Bloch
German

Ferdinand TönniesFerdinand Tönnies
German
Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
Nigerian
Patricia Hill CollinsPatricia Hill Collins
American

Herbert BlumerHerbert Blumer
American
Ernesto LaclauErnesto Laclau
Argentinian
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
American
Alain SoralAlain Soral
Swiss, French