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Characteristics of Sociology

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To study sociology, we might have found some topics that we think aren't appropriate to discuss, such as LGBT and family problems. Without knowing the basics of sociology, we might be confused about what we research or what we should study. 

If you feel so, you were just like me when I was a beginner at studying sociology. This might happens because we don't know the base characteristics of sociology, so in this short writing, I will help you better understand and answer questions in your head of what characteristics of sociology are:

1. Empiric: yes, this is going to be notable of any other sciences. As someone who studies sociology, we cannot only rely on our ratio as what we think it doesn't definitely happen. To have a clear sight, let's look at when you have a prompt to research poverty in the countryside. You might assume that it happens because of the unequal distribution of the means of facilities. If we write our minds down on a paper without doing a field or online study, we might have written a hoax because the reliability is questionable. It emphasizes the characteristics of empiric in sociology. Our ratio isn't always dependable; in reality, poverty might be caused by society's laziness in empowering themselves or corruption done by the government. 

2. Theoretical: Sociology is not applied science, which means that sociologists will rather search for somethings in social life, it can be social forces or changes, and then they will draw a conclusion in a concept or build new theories for science itself.

3. Cumulative: Sociology will always try to improve itself. We might hear the characteristics of a society. Nevertheless, they might not be applicable nowadays. The characteristics must be updated in the case will create or remove some previous characteristics. This is called "Cumulative," which means sociology is always trying to improve or develop the existing concepts or theories to get used to rapid social changes.

4. Non-Ethical: We have alluded to it above headlines. Sociologists will understand what is right and is wrong for specific things that happened in society, will it be good or having unnecessary consequences on the society. Yet, sociologists don't pay attention too much to such things because sociology it's not normative. Sociology doesn't study what should happen in society; it studies what is actually happening in society, so that's how sociology study LGBT, although it's a sensitive topic for some cultures because sociology sees it as natural things, only society that put labels on what's right or wrong things.

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