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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Society is...?

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The TSC Society and Culture Moodle

A broad definition of society
Is the way people organise themselves. This involves groups of people, institutions, organisations and systems that people use to link themselves with others to form a society. For example our society in Australia is linked together through formal government and national identity (through sport, media etc).
A definition of human society
A human society, is a group of people related to each other through persistent relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or virtual territory, 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.
When we study a society we talk about the social organisation, cultural nature, economic function and political governance of a society.  All of these are distinct aspects of a sociey but are all inter-related ane interdependent.
• Any society has characteristics which work together to create identity and the ability for the society to function as a unit.
1. In 100 words (your own), describe what you see as a society and what each of the following mean:
  • social organisation
  • cultural nature
  • economic function 
  • political governance of a society

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