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Questions tagged [sociology]

For questions about the collective behavior of relatively large groups of people.

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Is there a general relationship between the fiction created by a certain society and how the society is?

I'd like to know which is the general correlation between these two aspects with studies that have analyzed it in more detail, as what I obverse seems to be contradicting. For example, there's ...
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Easy-to-use simulations of human behavior

I'm interested in simulations of human behavior. Nicky Case has done some really good ones: https://ncase.me/trust/ - A simulation of repeated prisoner's dilemma under different scenarios, showing ...
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How can psychologists define 'mental health' when we know quite little about complexities of human life? [closed]

Erich Fromm in his The Sane Society (1955) argued that mental health should not be defined merely in terms of the person's harmony with his/her society. He believed that a society, as a whole, could ...
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Is the negative correlation between (higher) moral judgement and authoritarianism and/or ethnocentrism confirmed?

I found an interesting 1989 study by van Ijzendoorn [negatively] correlating the level of moral judgment, measured using Kohlberg dilemmas, with some measure of authoritarianism and another of ...
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Whats analysis of both sides is called in psychology?

What is the scientific term or psychological term for visualizing a phenomenon, news or event in history or in daily life from both perspective. For example some event that happened in your country or ...
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When and how did public nudity and sex become shameful and unacceptable? [closed]

I am thinking about it from the evolutionary perspective. For nudity, I thought that maybe nude bodies may be associated with a higher probability of infection and diseases due to exposed parts. I ...
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Do social classes hang more with the same social class?

Do social classes hang more with the same social class? Further, how "reasonable" phenomenon this is?
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Any studies as to whether internet groups create even more groups, ideologues and “separation” than pre-internet?

Any studies as to whether internet groups create even more groups, ideologues and "separation" than pre-internet? Since I've speculated that in the internet age we may be seeing even more "groups ...
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Can gamification lead to better group cooperation? [closed]

I was wondering. Would it be possible to stimulate an individuals sense of group by gamification? For those who don’t know, gamification is a method of making a game out of the mundane. For example:...
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Shipbuilding experiment about leader selection

I heard about an international research that was conducted more than 25 years ago. The following was the experiment: 25 teams, eight members per team, each team member with the same nationality had ...
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Analysis of psychology/sociology of fashion?

I'm looking for some good place to start read about sociology of fashion. I guess there are some researches about why people "invented" fashion and is it some natural for human as a biological species ...
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Share of happy marriages [closed]

I have googled quite alot to find any scientific statistics on any estimates of what share of all marriages consider themselves successfull. I understand that happiness is hard to measure, but is ...
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Psychology of disrespect and being proud of law breaking. How does it work and how to combat it?

I'm gonna talk about Russia. :) I'm not interested in foreign policy, relations, for this question... maybe just a tiny bit. A little preamble. After the collapse of the Soviet Union (hereinafter S....
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What kind of data structuring is conducive to healthy debate? [closed]

I was just thinking, if we as humans want to sort out our differences of opinion on, say, politics or religion, what would be a good means to debate such a concept while at the same time make everyone ...
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Differences between baseline trust of stranger across cultures

When encountering a new person, does the baseline level of trust (thinking the new person is "good") and it's change as result of new evidence, vary across cultures? I can imagine controlling for ...
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Problem with IQ tests in Murray's “The Bell Curve”?

Murray's The Bell Curve came up in a discussion recently. I have a very clear memory of reading a review of the book at the time it came out. The reviewer claimed that one of the many problems with ...
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What does it even mean to have a male/female brain?

I have began taking a class on the sociology of gender and how gender is more malleable than previously thought and that femininity and masculinity exists in a continuum. What does this actually imply ...
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Do school teachers demand more from their children than other students?

Lets assume that there is a group of students and one teacher (typical school situation). Child of the teacher is in that group. Is there any evidence, that school teachers demand more from their ...
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Literacy and other traits of social network users vs. the larger society

Have sociological researches been made on the levels of literacy, culture, shared ethical values among the users of the many existing social networks compared to the larger national societies the ...
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Effect of enactive cognition on gender

I'm doing a PhD in archaeology and assyriology (cuneiform writing; Sumerian language), exploring the process of gendering that deities underwent during the 3rd millennium BC. I'm looking into using ...
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Empirical proof for social network models

I've recently encountered the domain of social network modelling while reading the papers on models of strategic voting (unpublished), opinion dynamics and influence spread. All of these papers ...
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How can we realize when a sociological question is impossible to answer?

In my language there is a famous common sense statement which tells the populations are swinging back and forth from one extreme to the other. The idea behind is that, at a sociological level, the ...
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Are there cultures in which leadership/hierarchy does not exist?

Unproven statement: Human cultures depend on the concept of leadership/hierarchy. All the cultures I've seen until now depend on this concept. But I may be mistaked: It might be possible that my ...
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What study examined the effect of number of traumatic life events on falling into poverty?

I recall a study that concluded the risk of falling into poverty / homelessness increases dramatically after experiencing 5 (or 7?) traumatic life events, such as Death of a loved one Abandonment by ...
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Publicly available social networks in apes and hunter-gatherer societies

Social network analysis is an indiscpensable tool for sociology, and is becoming increasing popular in anthropology, social-psychology and other fields. There are many papers that examine the ...
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Does society swing back and forth from one extreme to the other?

Consider 2 groups of any number of persons. Assume that the "dominant" group acts without any regard for the other group. Assume that there seem to be no consequences in the short time for the ...