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)

Wilhelm ReichWilhelm Reich
(Austrian,American)
Marshall McLuhanMarshall McLuhan
(Canadian)
Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
(French)

Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
(German)
Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
(Swiss)
Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
(German,American)

Jean BaudrillardJean Baudrillard
(French)
Erich FrommErich Fromm
(German)
Erving GoffmanErving Goffman
(Canadian,American)

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
Stanley MilgramStanley Milgram
(American)
Talcott ParsonsTalcott Parsons
(American)

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Robert K. MertonRobert K. Merton
(American)
Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
(French)
Marjorie Merriweather PostMarjorie Merriweather Post
(American)

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
(German)
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
(French,Italian)
Bruno LatourBruno Latour
(French)

Thorstein VeblenThorstein Veblen
(Norwegian,American)
Fernando Henrique CardosoFernando Henrique Cardoso
(Brazilian)
Anthony GiddensAnthony Giddens
(British)

René GirardRené Girard
(French)
Paul EkmanPaul Ekman
Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel
(German)

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
(American)
Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
(German)
Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin
(American)

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
(Hungarian)
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)
Henri LefebvreHenri Lefebvre
(French)

Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
(French)
C. Wright MillsC. Wright Mills
(American)
Charles FourierCharles Fourier
(French)

Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
(American)
Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
(French)
Frances PerkinsFrances Perkins
(American)

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Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
(British,American)
Elton MayoElton Mayo
(Australian)
José Ortega y GassetJosé Ortega y Gasset
(Spanish)

Pim FortuynPim Fortuyn
Lewis HineLewis Hine
(American)
Jacques EllulJacques Ellul
(French)

Alva BelmontAlva Belmont
(American)
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
(American)
Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
(German,American)

Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
(French)
Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
(American)
Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann
(German)

Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
(French)
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
(British)
Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
(French)

Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
(Iranian)
Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
(American)
Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
(Syrian)

Daniel DefertDaniel Defert
(French)
Marcel MaussMarcel Mauss
(French)
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
(British)

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
(American)
David McClellandDavid McClelland
(American)

Manuel CastellsManuel Castells
(Spanish)
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
(German,British)
Alfred Radcliffe-BrownAlfred Radcliffe-Brown
(British)

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
(American)
Patrick GeddesPatrick Geddes
(British,Scottish)
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
(American)

Peter L. BergerPeter L. Berger
(Austrian,American)
Christopher LaschChristopher Lasch
(American)
Raymond AronRaymond Aron
(French)

Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke
(American)
Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
(American)
Paul VirilioPaul Virilio
(French)

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
(American)
Stéphane DionStéphane Dion
(Canadian)
Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke
(German)

E. E. Evans-PritchardE. E. Evans-Pritchard
(British)
Patricia Hill CollinsPatricia Hill Collins
(American)
Wilhelm DiltheyWilhelm Dilthey
(German)

Dell HymesDell Hymes
(American)
Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
(Austrian,American)
Max SchelerMax Scheler
(German)

Ferdinand TönniesFerdinand Tönnies
(German)
Alfred WeberAlfred Weber
(German)
Ernst BlochErnst Bloch
(German)

Norbert EliasNorbert Elias
(Polish,British)
Norbert EliasNorbert Elias
(Polish)
Ernesto LaclauErnesto Laclau
(Argentinian)

Herbert BlumerHerbert Blumer
(American)
Victor TurnerVictor Turner
(British)
Daniel BellDaniel Bell
(American)