Research in Social Sciences


Social science research has evolved significantly since its inception, deeply influenced by historical events and intellectual movements.

The Early Foundations: The roots of social science can be traced back to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century. Philosophers like Rousseau, Voltaire, and Montesquieu began to apply scientific reasoning to the study of society, paving the way for a more systematic approach to understanding human behaviour and social structures.

The 19th Century: The 19th century witnessed the rise of sociology and economics as distinct disciplines. Figures like Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim played pivotal roles in shaping the foundation of social science, introducing concepts like class struggle, social action, and the division of labour.

The 20th Century: This era saw the diversification and specialization of social sciences. The horrors of World War II and the subsequent Cold War period led to an increased focus on political science, international relations, and psychological studies. The latter half of the century marked the expansion of methodological tools, including statistical analysis and qualitative methods.

The Information Age: The advent of the digital era and the internet has transformed social science research, introducing new subjects like media studies and digital sociology. The availability of vast amounts of data and advanced analytical tools has opened new avenues for research.

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