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Sociology by Yogesh Atal

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What is Sociology?

While I was struggling to concoct the first attractive Lines to begin this inaugural chapter, my computer suddenly stopped functioning. I had to call a techie to fix it.

While repairing the machine, the repairman asked an innocent question: Uncle! What book are you now writing?

‘A book on Sociology, on the science of society,’ I replied.

Surprised at my response, he shared his doubts: ‘We all Live in society and know what it is. How is a science of society different from common knowledge? Many people have written on society, including our sages and philosophers, like Manu, for example. Similarly, social reformers Like Mahatma Gandhi have been writing about the ills of our society. Are they all sociologists?’

His innocent ...

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