Sociologists call themselves sociologists, but the field is so diverse that some have said it doesn’t make sense to call them sociologically.
They’re a group of people who are working to understand the way the world is organized and the role society plays in shaping that.
There are groups of people in different areas of study.
Some are social scientists and psychologists; others are socioculturalists, cultural anthropologists, historians, and others.
The different groups of sociists have their own ways of thinking about the world.
Some of the biggest questions about sociologies have to do with how they relate to one another and the world we live in, says Susan Hahn, a sociology professor at the University of California, San Diego.
The study of groups has come under fire in recent years because of the rise of social media, which has helped fuel a new wave of online activism.
Some groups, like the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), are advocating for gender-neutral bathrooms and equal access to healthcare.
Some others, like Identity Evropa, are advocating against the U.S. federal government’s decision to classify transgender people as a protected class.
In the past, many sociological groups have found that they need to be seen as a part of a broader social science approach, says Hahn.
But she cautions that “social science is really just the study of relationships, so you have to be careful with that.”
That’s why she is worried about the proliferation of online groups.
“I think that there’s a real danger that they’re going to be like this whole movement, and that the sociology of groups is going to become a big thing,” she says.
Hahn points out that groups like Identity Ego and Transgender Resource Center (TRCC) have gained popularity among activists who want to make social changes in the country.
They have been used by activists who are trying to gain access to information about their rights, including transgender people, and who want an open conversation about their experience.
Hainne Hahn says there’s also a risk that online groups will be used to spread false information about transgender people and other groups.
(Photo by Ryan McMaken) There is also a concern that online organizations will become an echo chamber for anti-LGBT groups and other radical groups.
Haining is concerned that online social justice groups may have the same kind of reach as their larger groups.
One example of that is the #MeToo movement.
Groups like #MeToomuch, which began in 2014 as a hashtag, have been the focus of online criticism for a variety of reasons.
Some people are saying that they support the idea of sharing personal stories of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse, but some are also calling it a hate group.
“Some people are going to use the hashtag, some people are not,” Haining says.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s an issue, she says, because hashtags have been around for a long time and they’re relatively benign in a group setting.
But it does make a group feel like a more homogenous and unified place, she adds.
“It’s a very powerful tool in that sense.”
Hainnes says that she is a bit concerned about the rise in online groups that are not necessarily social justice oriented.
That could lead to some of these groups becoming “fringe,” she warns.
“You can have a lot of people that are very extreme and who are not in the mainstream,” she adds, adding that there are “some very well-known, well-meaning people who will use that to recruit others.”
For Hainnes, the rise and popularity of online social groups is a potential threat to sociological groups, which are usually formed as a way to raise awareness and increase participation.
“We’re talking about these groups that have nothing to do or with anything to do to actually create change in the real world,” she explains.
“There are people who really do believe that we’re not going to make it in this world, and they want to start a new society.
And there’s some of that.
It’s just going to have to stop.”
The best way to protect yourself and others from being targeted online, says Dr. Hani Aitken, is to use a password manager, which is available from Google Play, Microsoft Store, and Apple App Store.
“If you don’t know how to use them, it’s very easy to get hurt,” she advises.
“So if you have the right passwords and they are safe and they won’t make you vulnerable, then it’s really important.”