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Introduction To The Translation,

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book Sociology: Inquiries into the Construction of Social Forms. The concept of society is central as well as crucial. It requires the distinction between form and content. However, form and content do not signify separate objects but distinct aspects of what sociology studies. The author calls contents those driving forces that move individual persons to interact with others, which by themselves are not yet social. Examples he mentions are impulses, interests, inclinations and psychological conditions of a person that cause humans to turn toward one another. Other illustrations of content are hunger, love, and religiosity. Forms come about as a result of the interaction that these contents motivate. The forms are based on a common interest, like a sect that serves religious needs, and all forms culminate so to speak in the form of forms at the highest level, which is society.

Keywords: humans; social forms; society



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