Outline of society
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.
- 1 What type of thing is a society?
- 2 Types of societies
- 3 Aspects or features of societies
- 4 Societal change
- 5 History of society
- 6 Study of society: sociology
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
What type of thing is a society?
A society can be described as all of the following:
Types of societies
- Humanity – the entire human race. As a whole, it can be viewed as one great big society.
In anthropology: by methods of subsistence
- Pre-industrial society
- Industrial society –
- Post-industrial society –
In political science: by political structure
Aspects or features of societies
- 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).
- Infrastructure –
- Institutions –
- Land –
- Law (outline) –
- Military (outline) –
- Natural resources –
- People –
- Politics (outline) –
- Social control –
- Social structure
- Technology and society (outline) –
- Wealth –
Forces of societal change
- Climate change, industry and society –
- Conquest –
- Cooperation –
- Deviance –
- Disaster –
- Economic forces –
- Exploration –
- Human migration – Migration can impact on our identity since it may be difficult to feel a sense of belonging in a new society. Human migration can also introduce new cultural values to a society, (ref: Held, D.,(2004) A globilizing world? Culture, economics and politics,London Routeledge/The Open University)
- Population change
- Revolution –
- Social conflict –
- Social disintegration –
- Social movement –
- Societal collapse –
- Technological change –
- Urbanization –
- Trade –
- War –
History of society
- History of civilization
- Society-related history
- Sociocultural evolution –
Study of society: 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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- This outline displayed as a mindmap, at wikimindmap.com
- Outline of society at DMOZ
- Definition of Society from the OED.
- Lecture notes on "Defining Society" from East Carolina University.
- Cliff Notes on Types of Societies
- Industrial revolution
- Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Industrial Revolution
- "The Day the World Took Off" Six part video series from the University of Cambridge tracing the question "Why did the Industrial Revolution begin when and where it did."
- BBC History Home Page: Industrial Revolution
- National Museum of Science and Industry website: machines and personalities
- Industrial Revolution and the Standard of Living by Clark Nardinelli - the debate over whether standards of living rose or fell.