(noun) A collection of two or more people who share an identity.
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- Plural: groups
- The terms group and social group are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Some sociologists and texts differentiate between groups and social groups. Groups are more impersonal, such as crowds or aggregates where members may not know each other, whereas social groups are more personal such as families or co-workers, as such members depend on each other and have a shared identity. This dictionary combines the two terms.
- Also called:
- social unit
- Homans, George Caspar. 1950. The Human Group. New York: Harcourt, Brace.