What is social?

  • (adj): Composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability.
    Example: "A purely social club"; "the church has a large social hall"; "a social director"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Social

The term social refers to a characteristic of living organisms as applied to populations of humans and other animals. It always refers to the interaction of organisms with other organisms and to their collective co-existence, irrespective of whether they are aware of it or not, and irrespective of whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary.

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Some articles on social:

Ideology and Semiotic Theory
... incorporates complex sets of meanings with the social agents and processes that produced them ... 'episteme' is too narrow and abstract, not social enough ... or because of its contradictions, 'ideology' still plays a key role in semiotics oriented to social, political life" ...
Social Epistemology
... Social epistemology is a broad set of approaches to the study of knowledge, all of which construe human knowledge as a collective achievement ... Another way of positioning social epistemology is as the study of the social dimensions of knowledge ... One of the enduring difficulties with defining social epistemology is defining what knowledge means in this context ...
Taxation In The United States - Payroll Taxes - Social Security and Medicare Taxes
... Federal social insurance taxes are imposed equally on employers and employees, consisting of a tax of 6.2% of wages up to an annual wage maximum ($106,800 ...
B. F. Skinner - Walden Two and Beyond Freedom and Dignity
... is far in advance of that in the outside world because of their practice of scientific social planning and use of operant conditioning in the raising of children ... Walden, champions a lifestyle that does not support war or foster competition and social strife ... a lifestyle of minimal consumption, rich social relationships, personal happiness, satisfying work and leisure ...
Olof Palme - Political Career
... Social Democracy Development Humanism Age of Enlightenment French Revolution Utopian socialism Trade unionism Revolutions of 1848 Orthodox Marxism Revisionism Progressivism Reformism Gradualism Frankfurt Declaration ... From 1955 he was a board member of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League and lectured at the Youth League College Bommersvik ... stepped down in 1969, Palme was elected as the new leader by the Social Democratic party congress and succeeded Erlander as Prime Minister ...

More definitions of "social":

  • (adj): Relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society.
    Example: "Made fun of her being so social and high-toned"; "a social gossip colum"; "the society page"
  • (adj): Marked by friendly companionship with others.
    Example: "A social cup of coffee"
  • (adj): (of birds and animals) tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind.
    Example: "Ants are social insects"
    Synonyms: herding, swarming
  • (adj): Relating to human society and its members.
    Example: "Social institutions"; "social legislation"
    Synonyms: societal
  • (adj): Living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups.
    Example: "Human beings are social animals"; "spent a relaxed social evening"; "immature social behavior"
  • (noun): A party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity.
    Synonyms: sociable, mixer

Famous quotes containing the word social:

    Satire exists for the purpose of killing the social being [for the sake of] the true individual, the real human being.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    ... to most mortals there is a stupidity which is unendurable and a stupidity which is altogether acceptable—else, indeed, what would become of social bonds?
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian)

    That children link us with the future is hardly news. . . . When we participate in the growth of children, a sense of wonder must take hold of us, providing for us a sense of future. Without the intimation of concrete individual futures, it is hardly worth bothering with social change and improvement.
    Greta Hofmann Nemiroff (20th century)