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  Microsociology (Greek, ‘sociology in small’) refers to the level of sociological analysis concerned with the study of human behaviour in the context of face-to-face interaction and interpersonal behaviour in small groups. This type of sociological analysis is often concerned with understanding individual meanings. Examples of this type of sociology include: ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism and dramaturgy (see dramaturgical model).

Microsociology is often contrasted with macrosociology which focuses on large-scale social structures, institutions and whole societies. The distinction between macro- and microsociology, however, is not as well-established or as central as the related distinction of micro and macro in economics. DA

See also action perspective; generalized other; individualism; naturalism; phenomenological sociology; social self; structure-agency debate; understanding.



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