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

Bruno LatourBruno Latour
French

Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
Swiss
Judith ButlerJudith Butler
American

Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
German

Jean BaudrillardJean Baudrillard
French

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
German, American

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
French
Erich FrommErich Fromm
German

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American

René GirardRené Girard
French

Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
French
Erving GoffmanErving Goffman
Canadian, American

Talcott ParsonsTalcott Parsons
American
Marjorie Merriweather PostMarjorie Merriweather Post
American

Thorstein VeblenThorstein Veblen
Norwegian, American

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
German
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
French, Italian

Anthony GiddensAnthony Giddens
British
Robert K. MertonRobert K. Merton
American

Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
German

Paul EkmanPaul Ekman
-
Alva BelmontAlva Belmont
American

Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
British, American
Stanley MilgramStanley Milgram
American

Frances PerkinsFrances Perkins
American

C. Wright MillsC. Wright Mills
American

Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin
American
Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel
German
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American

Charles FourierCharles Fourier
French

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
American

Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
French
Pim FortuynPim Fortuyn
-

José Ortega y GassetJosé Ortega y Gasset
Spanish

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
Hungarian

Fernando Henrique CardosoFernando Henrique Cardoso
Brazilian

Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
French
Jacques EllulJacques Ellul
French

Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
French
Henri LefebvreHenri Lefebvre
French

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American

Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
British

Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
French
Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
American

Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
American

Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
Iranian

Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
German, American

Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
French
Elton MayoElton Mayo
Australian

Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann
German

Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
Syrian

Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
American
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American

Daniel DefertDaniel Defert
French
Lewis HineLewis Hine
American

Alfred WeberAlfred Weber
German

Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British
Manuel CastellsManuel Castells
Spanish

David McClellandDavid McClelland
American
Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke
German

Marcel MaussMarcel Mauss
French

Alfred Radcliffe-BrownAlfred Radcliffe-Brown
British
Patrick GeddesPatrick Geddes
British, Scottish

Christopher LaschChristopher Lasch
American
Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American

Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American

Peter L. BergerPeter L. Berger
Austrian, American
Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke
American
Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French

Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
Austrian, American

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American

Daniel BellDaniel Bell
American
Wilhelm DiltheyWilhelm Dilthey
German

Karl MannheimKarl Mannheim
German, Hungarian, British

Stéphane DionStéphane Dion
Canadian

Andre Gunder FrankAndre Gunder Frank
German

Ernest GellnerErnest Gellner
British
Ernst BlochErnst Bloch
German

Ferdinand TönniesFerdinand Tönnies
German
Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
Nigerian

Patricia Hill CollinsPatricia Hill Collins
American
Ulrich BeckUlrich Beck
German
Harold InnisHarold Innis
Canadian