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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. An unseen and fearful revolution is taking place in the fibre and structure of society.
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. Alas!
Archer's world lay the almost unmapped quarter inhabited by artists, musicians and "people who wrote." These scattered fragments of humanity had never shown any desire to be amalgamated with the social structure. In spite of odd ways they were said to be, for the most part, quite respectable; but they preferred to keep to themselves.
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.
This is in furtherance of its campaign to sensitise the people for active participation in the clamour for restructuring as a region and in the demand for restructuring of Nigeria's political, economic and social structures for real development.
The origins of human consciousness are hypothesized to lie in the changes in the brain required by the growth of social structure in early hominid societies (which, in turn, worked in a classic case of positive feedback to increase the complexity of said social structures).
With this terse assertion that original sin affects not only persons but social structures as well, Pope Benedict XVI endorsed and deepened the decades-long papal teaching on sinful social structures.
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.
A gathered group becomes a faith community through intimacy, described by Clark as making known "what is inmost, essential, or intrinsic." 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. Note that, in this view, the Abrahamic religions can work to support egalitarian values only if "God" assumes the dominant alpha position and all competition is suppressed, including the charismatic preachers so beloved by American Protestants.