social structure

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: 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. 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.
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 present study shifts the analysis from a focus on individual characteristics to a focus on classroom social structures. This detailed description of the social structure of mainstream classrooms demonstrates the complexity of students' social relations and the way in which the social structure both defines and is defined by students' characteristics.
And he reveals the workings of social structure: twosomes agreeing on a paradigm for romance in a lilting waltz or the group subdividing into couples, changing partners, then joining in an all-inclusive circle according to the cues of the caller in the square dance.
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 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).
Primate communication, social structure, and adaptive function are detailed, with attention to kinship and age groups.
Although the Damaraland's basic biology resembles the naked mole rat's, its social structure has some twists.