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.

Judith ButlerJudith Butler
(American)

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
(French)
Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
(German)
Jean BaudrillardJean Baudrillard
(French)

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
(German,American)
Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
(Swiss)
Erich FrommErich Fromm
(German)

Erving GoffmanErving Goffman
(Canadian,American)
Talcott ParsonsTalcott Parsons
(American)
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)

Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
(French)
Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
(German)
Robert K. MertonRobert K. Merton
(American)

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Stanley MilgramStanley Milgram
(American)
Marjorie Merriweather PostMarjorie Merriweather Post
(American)
Thorstein VeblenThorstein Veblen
(Norwegian,American)

Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
(French,Italian)
Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
(German)
Frances PerkinsFrances Perkins
(American)

René GirardRené Girard
(French)
Paul EkmanPaul Ekman
Anthony GiddensAnthony Giddens
(British)

Pim FortuynPim Fortuyn
George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
(American)
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)

Charles FourierCharles Fourier
(French)
Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel
(German)
Bruno LatourBruno Latour
(French)

Henri LefebvreHenri Lefebvre
(French)
Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
(American)
Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
(French)

C. Wright MillsC. Wright Mills
(American)
Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
(French)
Alva BelmontAlva Belmont
(American)

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
(Hungarian)
Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
(British,American)
José Ortega y GassetJosé Ortega y Gasset
(Spanish)

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Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
(American)
Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
(German,American)
Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
(French)

Lewis HineLewis Hine
(American)
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
(American)
Jacques EllulJacques Ellul
(French)

Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin
(American)
Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
(Iranian)
Fernando Henrique CardosoFernando Henrique Cardoso
(Brazilian)

Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
(American)
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
(British)
Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
(French)

Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann
(German)
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
(French)

Elton MayoElton Mayo
(Australian)
Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
(Syrian)
Daniel DefertDaniel Defert
(French)

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
(American)
Marcel MaussMarcel Mauss
(French)
Alfred WeberAlfred Weber
(German)

Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
(British)
Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
(American)
Manuel CastellsManuel Castells
(Spanish)

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
(American)
Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke
(German)
David McClellandDavid McClelland
(American)

Peter L. BergerPeter L. Berger
(Austrian,American)
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
(German,British)
Christopher LaschChristopher Lasch
(American)

Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke
(American)
Patrick GeddesPatrick Geddes
(British,Scottish)
Raymond AronRaymond Aron
(French)

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
(American)
Patricia Hill CollinsPatricia Hill Collins
(American)
Alfred Radcliffe-BrownAlfred Radcliffe-Brown
(British)

Stéphane DionStéphane Dion
(Canadian)
E. E. Evans-PritchardE. E. Evans-Pritchard
(British)
Wilhelm DiltheyWilhelm Dilthey
(German)

Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
(American)
Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
(Austrian,American)
Daniel BellDaniel Bell
(American)

Herbert BlumerHerbert Blumer
(American)
Karl MannheimKarl Mannheim
(German,Hungarian,British)
Ernst BlochErnst Bloch
(German)

Ferdinand TönniesFerdinand Tönnies
(German)
Ernest GellnerErnest Gellner
(British)
Robert E. ParkRobert E. Park

Andre Gunder FrankAndre Gunder Frank
(German)
Max SchelerMax Scheler
(German)
Norbert EliasNorbert Elias
(Polish,British)

Norbert EliasNorbert Elias
(Polish)
Ulrich BeckUlrich Beck
(German)
Paul VirilioPaul Virilio
(French)