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