Three Tensions

Each of these three ways of viewing society–what we’ll call the systems, symbols, and struggle traditions–each wrestle with another set of questions that further distinguish them from one another. Below are the three questions and the tension between them. Click on each one to understand more about the tension among them.

Social Order

Are societies more inherently fragile or stable?

Conflict vs Solidarity

Social Knowledge

How do we best learn about societies?

Positivism vs Interpretivism

Social Change

What primarily drives social evolution?

Materialism vs Idealism

The Sociological Style Assessment will ask you a series of questions that will help you identify where you land on these tensions and how you most dominantly view society. This will help you approach your sociology courses with more confidence and awareness of key underlying ideas, and your position on them.

Take the Sociology Style Assessment now and find out your sociological style!