social structure

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Noun1.social structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
society - an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
feudal system, feudalism - the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
patriarchy, patriarchate - a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
matriarchate, matriarchy - a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
meritocracy - a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
pluralism - a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
class structure - the organization of classes within a society
separatism, segregation - a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups
system, scheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
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The swift changes in our industrial system are causing equally swift changes in our religious, political, and social structures.
The conseilles de famille is a beautiful and wise provision of the national code, and aids greatly in maintaining that system of patriarchal rule which lies at the foundation of the whole social structure.
These scattered fragments of humanity had never shown any desire to be amalgamated with the social structure.
Your life keeps going for things you don't want, and all the while you are being built alive into a social structure you don't care a rap about.
Wells lifted her on the point of his puissant pen, and placed her at the angle of view from which the life she was leading and the society to which she clung appeared in its true relation to real human needs and worthy social structure, he effected a conversion and a conviction of sin comparable to the most sensational feats of General Booth or Gypsy Smith.
Institutions are social structures that script social behavior with rules, norms, and shared strategies, he says, and in order to adapt to the end of the Oil Age, people must create new social structures that will script social behavior with entirely different rules, norms, and codes.
The government needs to look forward, think long-term, and take time to build the social structures that will support a true constitutional democracy," Williams said.
White identifies links between social structures and the production and distribution of health and disease in modern society, focusing on the impact of class and the role of the medical profession, gender, and ethnicity.
Authenticity and authority then flow from the intimacy of the local faith community embodied in concrete social structures, such as family, friendship, work, and government, not from juridical assumptions or dictates.
We have this predisposition because all primates have hierarchical social structures.
Swett then discusses the challenges to local social structures and power relationships and the tensions injected into family and neighborhood life by the onset of the Depression in 1929.
First Malina gives a short overview of his method followed by a brief description of social structures at the time of Jesus.