What is Sociology?

If you asked me what sociology really is, I would say that it must be insight into society, into the essential nature of society. It is insight into what is, but it is a critical insight … by what society purports to be, in order to detect in this contradiction the potential, the possibilities for changing society’s whole constitution. … That is to say, there is nothing under the sun, and I mean absolutely nothing, which, in being mediated through human intelligence and human thought, is not also socially mediated. … [E]lementary needs and problems … remain unsolved for social reasons. The same applies to other technologies which are already possible and  … have not been implemented up to now for reasons … of the concentration of capital.”

Adorno, Theodor W. 2000. Introduction to Sociology. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Pg. 15.

Theodor W. Adorno

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