Talk:Outline of society

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Very thorough list. In Sociology, there is more than one way to type a society, and level of technology would be one of the least common typologies. Perhaps the most recognized typology would be by "modernity": pre-modern, modern, and postmodern. That said, there might still be some disagreement with this typology. Also, it would be good to add "social complexity" to "features" of societies. Meclee (talk) 14:28, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

What type of thing is (a) society[edit]

I'm a newbie, looking for areas to get involved in, and society is one of my research interests. I'm concerned by that tiny little word, "a," in the part of the outline called "What type of thing is a society." In most of the outlines, the grammatical structure is "What type of thing is X," not "What type of thing is a/an X." That indefinite article makes a big difference with certain words, based simply on English usage, and "society" is one of those words. If we were to say, "What type of thing is society" we would be referring to society as a broad, abstract concept, not a specific instance, and the information we would want to include would be very different. I would prefer to see this say "What type of thing is society." Having a section of types of societies is a very different matter than explaining what type of thing society is as a matter of conceptual knowledge about the category.Mhbroder (talk) 03:36, 2 April 2012 (UTC)