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)
Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
(Swiss)

Jean BaudrillardJean Baudrillard
(French)
Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
(German,American)
Erich FrommErich Fromm
(German)

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

Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
(French,Italian)
Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
(French)
Stanley MilgramStanley Milgram
(American)

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Robert K. MertonRobert K. Merton
(American)
Marjorie Merriweather PostMarjorie Merriweather Post
(American)
René GirardRené Girard
(French)

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
(German)
Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
(German)
Thorstein VeblenThorstein Veblen
(Norwegian,American)

Paul EkmanPaul Ekman
Anthony GiddensAnthony Giddens
(British)
George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
(American)

Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel
(German)
C. Wright MillsC. Wright Mills
(American)
Charles FourierCharles Fourier
(French)

Bruno LatourBruno Latour
(French)
Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
(Hungarian)
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)

Frances PerkinsFrances Perkins
(American)
Henri LefebvreHenri Lefebvre
(French)
Alva BelmontAlva Belmont
(American)

Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
(French)
Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
(American)
Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
(French)

Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin
(American)
Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
(British,American)
José Ortega y GassetJosé Ortega y Gasset
(Spanish)

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Jacques EllulJacques Ellul
(French)
Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
(French)
Fernando Henrique CardosoFernando Henrique Cardoso
(Brazilian)

Pim FortuynPim Fortuyn
Lewis HineLewis Hine
(American)
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
(British)

Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
(German,American)
Elton MayoElton Mayo
(Australian)
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
(American)

Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
(Iranian)
Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
(Syrian)
Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
(American)

Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
(French)
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
Daniel DefertDaniel Defert
(French)

Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
(American)
Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann
(German)
Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
(French)

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
(American)
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
(British)
Marcel MaussMarcel Mauss
(French)

Christopher LaschChristopher Lasch
(American)
Manuel CastellsManuel Castells
(Spanish)
Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
(American)

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
(American)
Peter L. BergerPeter L. Berger
(Austrian,American)
Patrick GeddesPatrick Geddes
(British,Scottish)

Stéphane DionStéphane Dion
(Canadian)
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
(German,British)
David McClellandDavid McClelland
(American)

Raymond AronRaymond Aron
(French)
Charles TillyCharles Tilly
(American)
Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke
(American)

Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke
(German)
Alfred Radcliffe-BrownAlfred Radcliffe-Brown
(British)
Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
(American)

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

Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
(Austrian,American)
Daniel BellDaniel Bell
(American)
Herbert BlumerHerbert Blumer
(American)

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

Ernest GellnerErnest Gellner
(British)
Paul VirilioPaul Virilio
(French)
Dell HymesDell Hymes
(American)

Max SchelerMax Scheler
(German)
Karl MannheimKarl Mannheim
(German,Hungarian,British)
Norbert EliasNorbert Elias
(Polish,British)

Norbert EliasNorbert Elias
(Polish)
Ulrich BeckUlrich Beck
(German)
Alain SoralAlain Soral
(Swiss,French)