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  Within sociology there are different levels of analysis. Macrosociology (Greek, ‘sociology in large’) is the study of whole societies, large-scale social groups, organizations or social systems. It focuses on such areas of social life as the political and economic systems or religious institutions. It also includes the long-term analysis of social change. Examples of macrosociology include functionalism and Marxism.

Macrosociological analysis provides insights into the social background against which people live out their day-to-day lives. The way that people live their lives is crucially affected by the wider social context in which they live. Compare, for example, the different societal contexts against which a west European carries on his or her life to that of a Siberian nomad.

Macrosociology is often contrasted with microsociology which refers to the study of human behaviour in situations of face-to-face interaction; though the distinction between the two is not a rigid one. DA

See also alienation; anomie; class; convergence thesis; culture; evolutionism; positivism; social stratification; society; structuralism; structure; structure-agency debate; suicide; system; systems theory; theories of modernity; world system.



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