Different sociologists have defined rural sociology in different ways. A few definitions may be examined here.
1. Sanderson says that "Rural sociology is the sociology of rural life in the rural environment".
2. Bertand says that in its broadest sense, "Rural sociology is that study of human relationships in rural environment".
3. F. Stuard Chapin defines rural sociology as follows: "The sociology of rural life is a study of the rural population, rural social organisation and the social processes comparative, in rural society".
4. A. R. Desai says that "Rural sociology is the science of rural society...It is the science of laws of the development of rural society".
It is clear from the above mentioned definitions that rural sociology studies the social interactions, institutions and activities and social changes that take place in the rural society. It studies the rural social organisations, structure and set up. It provides us that knowledge about the rural social phenomena.