p. 182. Social Constructions
- Steve Bruce
We could describe sociology as the study of social structures and institutions. Sociological work is often divided into topics such as class structure, the family, crime and deviance, and religion. What makes sociology distinctive? ‘Social Constructions’ examines what constitutes sociology. Biology provides an interesting starting point because if we can understand the extent to which the biology of lower animals determines their lives, and then appreciate the extent to which it fails to do so for humans, we can see the enormous importance of culture. Culture provides the individual with contentment. We must acknowledge that our culture is a social product. Social order is constantly fluid.