The field of astrosociology takes a perspective that emphasizes the study of the relationship between "outer space and society." Astrosociology in its current form was founded and introduced in 2004 by Dr. Jim Pass to fill a void in the social sciences that seemed nearly as expansive as the vacuum of space. Sometimes referred to as the "intersection between space exploration and humanity."
The main purpose of the Astrosociology Research Institute is to develop astrosociology as an academic field as a subdiscipline of sociology and a multidisciplinary field among the social sciences, behavioral sciences, humanities, and the arts. The recognition of astrosociology as a legitimate field by the social science community and the space or aerospace community. Astrosociology Research Institute is dedicated to assisting anyone interested in the development of astrosociology.
Astrosocial phenomena pertains to all social conditions, social forces, organized activities, objectives and goals, and social behaviors related to space exploration and/or any of the space sciences. Astrosociology includes all outcomes of these phenomena in the forms of scientific discoveries and technological applications, new paradigms of thought in astrosocial and non-astrosocial spheres of society. This also involves the creation and nurturing of astrosociology so that it becomes the focused subject matter of courses taught in sociology epartments in the United States and around the world.
Refining the Definition of Astrosociology
Utilizing Three Perspectives
Pass, Jim and Hearsey, Christopher Michael and Caroti, Simone, Refining the Definition of Astrosociology Utilizing Three Perspectives (September 14, 2010). Astrosociology Research Institute.
The three perspectives found in this paper include:
(1) astrosociology as a social science,
(2) law and astrosociology, and
(3) astrosociology in science fiction.
These three perspectives symbolize threads within the discipline of astrosociology that link together to form a more coherent pattern of social interconnections, and better represent humanity’s movement into outer space. The authors strive to provide a better explanation of how astrosociology can bridge the divide within the various components of the space community and thus deliver a greater level of enlightenment regarding the social dimensions of outer space.
Handbook of Science and Technology
Convergence pp 545-558.
Astrosociology (Social Science of Space Exploration)
Jim PassAlbert A. Harrison.
Astrosociology is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field that promotes and represents convergence of the physical/natural sciences and the social/behavioral sciences on all matters pertaining to humanity’s interests and activities in space and the consequences of these activities for people on Earth.
Astrosociology in the Classroom: Developing a Practical Sociology Course
Abstract: Astrosociology will progress and develop as a viable multidisciplinary field as well as a potential subfield of sociology more thoroughly and more quickly when a modern college and university level course is developed and offered to students interested in this unique sociological approach.
The Introduction to Astrosociology course should present modern sociological issues from the perspective of the impact of space exploration, settlement, and commercialization as they apply to the micro and macro levels of influences on the major institutions of society. The intent of this paper is to outline a syllabus that will address the perspectives, concepts, and theories found in most introductory and applied sociology courses, but with an emphasis on the concepts, definitions, and perspectives of Astrosociology.