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 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.
The swift changes in our industrial system are causing equally swift changes in our religious, political, and social structures.
This may suggest that classroom social structures reflected the social structure in the broader society.
He explains "who's who" in the social structure of the residence, and what a typical treatment day consists of.
This one-sided economic development, which results in capital formation, creation of urban elites, and underprivileged social classes of a modern society, has led to distortions in the social structure as a whole.
The visualization of spatial social structure means, literally, making visible the geographical patterns to the way our lives have come to be socially organised, seeing the geography in society.
Written by management, sociology, organizational sciences, and other researchers from Europe, the US, Australia, and South Korea, the nine essays in this book consider the structure, content, social relations, and meaning of organizational networks, emphasizing the social structure of meaning systems and the meaning of social structure.
Contract award: cig: 4410871de2 - cup: h29c11000090003 - public works concession for the design, implementation and management of sustainable ap housing 48 and a collective social structure in via galileo galilei on land owned by the city.
Primate communication, social structure, and adaptive function are detailed, with attention to kinship and age groups.