Social structure

Patterns of interaction between individuals or groups. Social life does not happen in a random fashion. Most of our activities are structured: they are organized in a regular and repetitive way. Although the comparison can be misleading, it is handy to think of the social structure of a society as rather like the girders which underpin a building a...
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Social structure

relatively stable patterns of social behaviour
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Social structure

ordered interrelationships that are characteristic of particular societies, such as its class structure or system of economic or political relations.
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Social Structure

(from the article `social structure`) ...and their members. In other words, Durkheim believed that individual human behaviour is shaped by external forces. Similarly, American ...
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social structure

in sociology, the distinctive, stable arrangement of institutions whereby human beings in a society interact and live together. Social structure is ... [17 related articles]
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Social structure

In the social sciences, social structure is the patterned social arrangements in society that are both emergent from and determinant of the actions of the individuals. On the macro scale, social structure is the system of socioeconomic stratification (e.g., the class structure), social institutions, or, other patterned relations between large soci...
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