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Social analysis is a term used in Social sciences and the Humanities, notably in C. Wright Mills' The Sociological Imagination, Bertrand Russell's Power: A New Social Analysis, Anthony Giddens's Central Problems in Social Theory: Action, Structure and Contradiction in Social Analysis, Zygmunt Bauman's The Social Analysis of Class Structure and Janet Ford, Roger Burrows, and Sarah Nettleton, (2001) Home Ownership in a Risk Society: A Social Analysis of Mortgage Arrears and Possessions .


Social Analysis: The International Journal of Cultural and Social Practice was a journal from the University of Adelaide School of Social Sciences, specialising in the intersection of Anthropology and the humanities.

Tertiary EducationEdit

At Athabasca University, the Centre for Global & Social Analysis describes itself as "an interdisciplinary department made up of historians, philosophers, sociologists, and other professors and tutors specializing in the fields of human geography, political economy, global studies, environmental studies, music studies, and religious studies."

The University of California, Irvine offers an Master of Arts in Social Sciences (Concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis) and a Master of Arts in Social Ecology (Concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis).


The World Bank website offers a Social analysis sourcebook and a history of Social analysis at the World Bank:

"Social analysis entered the Bank’s agenda in 1968, when then-Bank President Robert McNamara emphasized the importance of addressing world poverty. In an institution that had primarily invested in roads, bridges and dams, this announcement signaled a paradigm shift that was pivotal in reshaping the Bank’s outlook regarding the relevance of social issues to the lending portfolio.73 The World Bank was not alone in undergoing this fundamental shift in approach. Many other multilateral, bilateral and academic institutions began searching for the best way to factor the “social” into development. The United Nations created the Human Development Index (HDI) as a means of better assessing the human condition throughout the world."

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