Day: September 3, 2020

Society and Culture: What Is a Society?

According to sociologists, a society is a group of people with
common territory, interaction, and culture. Social groups consist of two or more
people who interact and identify with one another.

  • Territory: Most countries have formal boundaries and territory that the
    world recognizes as theirs. However, a society’s boundaries don’t have to be geopolitical
    borders, such as the one between the United States and Canada. Instead, members of a society,
    as well as nonmembers, must recognize particular land as belonging to that society.

    Example: The society of the Yanomamo has fluid but definable land boundaries. Located in a
    South American rain forest, Yanamamo territory extends along the border of Brazil and
    Venezuela. While outsiders would have a hard time determining where Yanomamo land begins and
    ends, the Yanomamo and their neighbors have no trouble discerning which land is theirs and
    which is not.

  • Interaction: Members of a society must come
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