(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
- Word origin of “group” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Group
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (http://sociologydictionary.org/group/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
group. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/group/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://sociologydictionary.org/group/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“group.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://sociologydictionary.org/group/>.