Who Are The Forerunners Of Sociology?


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Musings on sociology began thousands of years ago, as early as the times of Ancient Greece, with notable philosophers such as Plato creating images and ideas of a "perfect world", a "Republic" within a utopia. However, thinking and hypothesizing about sociology has continued and evolved since then, with there being a number of significant names from all over the word in the 19th and 20th centuries.

One of the most significant and well-known names in modern sociology is Karl Marx. Marx was a German who worked throughout the mid- and late-19th century. Marx's ideas were essentially revolutionary. He is the namesake and creator of the Marxist branch of sociology, which states that a country and its economy is controlled by the middle and upper classes, who exploit the working classes for their own benefit.

Marxist sociology infers that this type of capitalist and corrupt society will eventually be overthrown by the working classes, and that countries will work around the principle of socialism - a principle that states every person provides equal contributions to the state and therefore every person should earn equal wages, and that all goods (homes, cars etc) should be owned by the state in order to be distributed equally and fairly among the people.

If you are looking for a list of other, more modern sociologists, a great dictionary of contemporary professors and authors in the field of sociology can be found at This website provides the names and contact addresses of a great number of modern sociologists. Those listed on the website include Nick Abercrombie, Richard Harvey Brown, Hans Geser, David K. Levine, Al Roth and Andrew Scott Ziner. By clicking on the name of the sociologist you desire, you are taken to the official website of that figure, and can therefore find out any information about them that you wish.

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