Month: September 2020


A society, or a human society, is a group of people involved with each other through persistent relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations.

Human societies are characterized by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent members.

In the social sciences, a larger society often evinces stratification and/or dominance patterns in subgroups.

Insofar as it is collaborative, a society can enable its members to benefit in ways that would not otherwise be possible on an individual basis; both individual and social (common) benefits can thus be distinguished, or in many cases found to overlap.

A society can also consist of like-minded people governed by their own norms and values within

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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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