Outline of society

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For other uses, see Society (disambiguation).

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to society:

Society – group of people sharing the same geographical or virtual territory and therefore subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Such people share a distinctive culture and institutions, which characterize the patterns of social relations between them. Large societies typically develop social stratification and dominance patterns among its subgroups. A given society may be described as the sum total of social relationships among its members. The branch of science that studies society is sociology.

What type of thing is a society?[edit]

A society can be described as all of the following:

Types of societies[edit]

  • Humanity – the entire human race. As a whole, it can be viewed as one great big society.

In anthropology: by methods of subsistence[edit]

In political science: by political structure[edit]

In sociology[edit]

Aspects or features of societies[edit]

  • Communities (outline) – while a society is a type of community, it can itself comprise smaller communities.
  • Culture (outline) – Shared culture can create sub communities of people within a society due to their shared attitudes, values, goals and practices (ref: Woodward, K., (2004) Questioning Identity: gender, class, ethnicity, Milton Keynes, The Open University).
  • Economy (outline) –
  • Education (outline) –
  • Government
  • Identity – Interaction with others within our society helps shape our identity, (along with our gender, class & cultural origins), and a shared society can promote a sense of shared identity(ref: Woodward, K., (2004) Questioning Identity: gender, class, ethnicity, Milton Keynes, The Open University).

Societal change[edit]

Forces of societal change[edit]

History of society[edit]

Study of society: sociology[edit]

Main article: Outline of sociology
  • Sociology – scientific study of society. This social science directs methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis upon human social activity, focusing on the influence of relationships and how they affect attitudes and behaviours. Sociologists conduct research to refine the theoretical understanding of social processes, or for application to social policy and welfare.

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