The main purpose of the Astrosociology Research Institute (ARI) is to develop
astrosociology as an academic field as (1) a subdiscipline of sociology and (2) a
multidisciplinary field among the social sciences, behavioral sciences, humanities, and
the arts... A concentration on astrosocial phenomena (i.e., social and cultural phenomena)
ties theoreticians, researchers, and scholars together, as does a focus on the human
dimension of space exploration in general terms.
Astrosociology.com: Site objectives are rather ambitious. This website exists to provide a forum for academic thought, research, and action related to a new sociological subfield known as astrosociology.
The goal is to attract sociologists and others interested in the general area of "space and society" and encourage them to participate in the building of a specific new body of knowledge, and its related sociological literature, centered around astrosocial phenomena.
This also involves the creation and nurturing of astrosociology so that it becomes
the focused subject matter of courses taught in sociology (and even astronomy) departments
in the United States and around the world. astrosociology.com/
(1) space exploration and/or
(2) any of the space sciences (e.g., astronomy, cosmology, astrophysics). It 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, as well as any resulting changes of social norms and values in all parts of a given society.
The concept of social phenomena is thus broken down into two major parts:
astrosocial phenomena (as defined above) and non-astrosocial phenomena (which includes all
types of social phenomena not considered to be astrosocial in nature).