What is society?

  • (noun): An extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Society

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

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Robert Hooke - Life and Works - Royal Society
... The Royal Society was founded in 1660, and in April 1661 the society debated a short tract on the rising of water in slender glass pipes, in which Hooke reported that the height water rose was ... Sir Robert Moray proposed that a Curator be appointed to furnish the society with Experiments, and this was unanimously passed with Hooke being named ... Boyle for releasing him to the Society's employment ...
Basque People - Culture - Society
... Historically, Basque society can be described as being somewhat at odds with Roman and later Western European societal norms ...
Illithid - Society
... Since the Elder Brain contains the essence of every illithid that died in its community, it functions in part as a vast library of knowledge that a mind flayer can call upon with a simple telepathic call ... The Elder Brain in turn can communicate telepathically with anyone in its community, issuing orders and ensuring everyone conforms ...
Society For Psychical Research - Today
... The Society is run by a President and a Council of twenty members, and is open to interested members of the public to join ... It publishes the peer reviewed quarterly Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (JSPR), the irregular Proceedings and the magazine Paranormal Review ... phenomena studied, and many prominent sceptics have been active members of the Society ...
Fidel Castro - Politics
... on them, whilst in the latter, socialists argue, this class divide would be obliterated as society becomes more egalitarian ... the idea of class struggle that society mainly changes and progresses as one socioeconomic class takes power from another ... why socialism should, and will, replace capitalism in human society ...

More definitions of "society":

  • (noun): A formal association of people with similar interests.
    Example: "They formed a small lunch society"
    Synonyms: club, guild, gild, lodge, order

Famous quotes containing the word society:

    I do not mean to imply that the good old days were perfect. But the institutions and structure—the web—of society needed reform, not demolition. To have cut the institutional and community strands without replacing them with new ones proved to be a form of abuse to one generation and to the next. For so many Americans, the tragedy was not in dreaming that life could be better; the tragedy was that the dreaming ended.
    Richard Louv (20th century)

    We Americans are supposed to be overly concerned about the child. But actually the intelligent care of children in our society is balanced by a crass indifference to the helplessness of infancy and youth. Cruelty to children has become more widespread but less noticed in the general unrest, the constant migration, the family disintegration, and the other manifestations of a civilization that has been torn away from its original moorings.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887–1970)

    What is a society without a heroic dimension?
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)