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His subsequent career became a mixture of engineering, drafting, inventing, journalism, and writing. Q How did Spencer view society? To explain social stability, Spencer offered an analogy based on biology. Like a human body, a society is composed of interrelated parts working together to promote its well-being and survival. People have brains, stomachs, nervous systems, and limbs. Societies have economies, religions, governments, and families. Just as the eyes and the heart make essential contributions to the functioning of the human body, legal and educational institutions are crucial for a society’s functioning.

The idea of value neutrality has dominated sociological thought for years. And although the idea of science as a value-neutral enterprise remains strong among sociologists, those favoring the interjection of standards of good and bad are on the increase (J. Q. Wilson 1993; Bickman and Rog 1997). This issue has gained considerable prominence in the form of both humanist sociology, which places human needs and goals at the center (A. M. Lee 1978; Scimecca 1987; Giddens 1987), and liberation sociology, whose objective is to replace human oppression with greater democracy and social justice (Feagin 2001).

Whereas sociology and anthropology concentrate on human groups, psychology takes as its domain the individual. Sociology and psychology have some common interest in an aspect of behavioral science called social psychology, a field that focuses on the interactions between individuals and groups. A social psychologist, for example, is interested in the ways in which groups promote conformity among their individual members. Q What is economics? Economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

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