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Social structure, definition and meaning
• When men relate themselves to each other
• They establish a structure, form
• E...
• Social structure- inter related acts of members.
Rad cliff Brown:
• Components of structure- human beings
• Structure- a...
• Talcott parsons:
• Arrangement of inter related institutions,
agencies social patterns statuses and roles.
• Features or...
• Position system:
• Statuses, roles of individuals
• Individuals fulfill desires if roles assigned
according to capacitie...
• System of anticipated responses:
• Anticipatory preparation for future roles
• Gives him good training
• He learns to fu...
• Nature:
• An abstract phenomena
• Associations ,institutions are units
• Associations ,institutions- inter related
• Soc...
• Social structure- network of relations
• Social structure-cultural patterns of
knowledge,beliefs.
• It includes subgroup...
• Informal structure:
• Not in regular order
• They lack objectiveness
• Authority rest on primary group
• Informal relati...
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Social structure (Sociology)

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Social structure (Sociology)

  1. 1. Social structure, definition and meaning • When men relate themselves to each other • They establish a structure, form • Every society has pattern of organization composed of structures • Associations of men with each other Johnson • Structure- stable inter relationships among the parts.
  2. 2. • Social structure- inter related acts of members. Rad cliff Brown: • Components of structure- human beings • Structure- arrangement of persons in relationship. • Institutionality defined, regulated.
  3. 3. • Talcott parsons: • Arrangement of inter related institutions, agencies social patterns statuses and roles. • Features or nature of elements of social structure: • Normative system: • Ideas ,values • Individuals perform roles according to norms
  4. 4. • Position system: • Statuses, roles of individuals • Individuals fulfill desires if roles assigned according to capacities. • Sanction system • for enforcement of norms • Integration of parts depends on conformity. • Sanction system helps stability
  5. 5. • System of anticipated responses: • Anticipatory preparation for future roles • Gives him good training • He learns to fulfill the duties • Action system: • Members to be prepared to accept a role and act accordingly. • Goals to be arrived at by social structure
  6. 6. • Nature: • An abstract phenomena • Associations ,institutions are units • Associations ,institutions- inter related • Social structure –external aspect of society • Social structure maintained for a time and changes. • No structure permanent, stable. • Structure dynamic. • Understood by functional approach • Social structure- differentiation of individuals,classes,roles
  7. 7. • Social structure- network of relations • Social structure-cultural patterns of knowledge,beliefs. • It includes subgroups,norms,values. • Formal and informal social structure: • Formal structure - legality of authority - hierarchy in office - reward and communication - large organisations -administrative ,political economic etc.
  8. 8. • Informal structure: • Not in regular order • They lack objectiveness • Authority rest on primary group • Informal relations among position leaders.

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