social unit

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Noun1.social unit - an organization regarded as part of a larger social groupsocial unit - an organization regarded as part of a larger social group; "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
klavern - a local unit of the Ku Klux Klan
administrative body, administrative unit - a unit with administrative responsibilities
company - a unit of firefighters including their equipment; "a hook-and-ladder company"
family, household, menage, home, house - a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home"
general delivery, poste restante - the part of a post office that handles mail for persons who call for it
instrumentality - a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose; "are the judicial instrumentalities of local governments adequate?"; "he studied the French instrumentalities for law enforcement"
ICU, intensive care unit - a hospital unit staffed and equipped to provide intensive care
member - an organization that is a member of another organization (especially a state that belongs to a group of nations); "the library was a member of the interlibrary loan association"; "Canada is a member of the United Nations"
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
task force - a semipermanent unit created to carry out a continuing task
team, squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
den - a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts
work party, crew, gang - an organized group of workmen
combination - a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose; "they were a winning combination"
crew - the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
scout group, scout troop, troop - a unit of Girl or Boy Scouts
outfit - any cohesive unit such as a military company
fifth column, Trojan horse - a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage; an enemy in your midst
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
side - one of two or more contesting groups; "the Confederate side was prepared to attack"
working group, working party - a group of people working together temporarily until some goal is achieved; "the working group was supposed to report back in two weeks"
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But suppose a kind of social tabula rasa, every social unit perfectly equal, an increase of population everywhere in the same ratio, and give the same amount of land to each family; it would not be long before you would again have all the existing inequalities of fortune; it is glaringly evident, therefore, that there are such things as superiority of fortune, of thinking capacity, and of power, and we must make up our minds to this fact; but the masses will always regard rights that have been most honestly acquired as privileges, and as a wrong done to themselves.
High-energy technologies put so much power in fewer and fewer hands, said Cottrell, "that small social units operating alone are often ruthlessly and unheedingly swept aside if their ends are antithetic to the purposes of those who control the power."
This can range from small scale social units based on kinship, clan and village to broader regional, political and religious affiliations.
Both zones introduce visitors to different aspects of the exciting potential offered by tomorrow's "smart communities" - social units that integrate a broad palette of optimized systems, including those for achieving a stable balance between power generation and supply, those for transportation management and those for enhancing lifestyles.
Wild-Wood's approach, however, does not assume that a denomination is a single closed unit but is rather an alliance of different social units that can be identified by ethnicities, gender, and generation and so on; units that can be further deconstructed.
While noting that a related argument is that the concept of child rights is opposed to family and social units, she pointed out that the Children's Act 2008 gave parents centre-stage in their children's development.
Starting from the fundamental philosophical distinction between the natural, instinctual, primary and organic will (the biological will transposed through the foolish instincts of the living being) and the conscious and utilitarian will, Ferdinand Tonnies will distinguish two types of social units. One is simple and traditional, characterized by an affective and organic solidarity, based on common traditions and customs, and, at the same time, on a good integration into the natural environment.
Adler thought that you'd start to learn your style by interacting in the social units that you find yourself with, and the very first one is the family unit.
There are companies, school boards, families and other collective social units that still decree gayness to be a blight on humanity.
It will hopefully become a pro-active and consultative resource used by government, in the same way as external economic and social units.
Like Malinowski's unforeseen internship in the Trobriand Islands during World War I, Leach's military service in Burma during World War II inadvertently facilitated his breaking loose from the anthropological model of intensive fieldwork in a single community, with limited generalization to larger social units. During the war, Leach travelled widely throughout Kachin country, obtaining a unique overview of the range of intracultural variation, particularly in relation to the Shan valley peoples.
To develop recommendations about appropriate male social units and socialization to improve long-term captive management of bottlenose dolphins.

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