society

(noun) A large group of interacting people in a defined territory, sharing a common culture..

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  • “Each of us is a social being. We are born into a social environment; we fully develop in to human beings in a social environment; and we live our lives in a social environment. What we think, how we feel, and what we say and do all are shaped by our interactions with other people. The scientific study of these social interactions and of social organization is called sociology” (Hughes and Kroehler 2008:3).
  • Sociology is the systematic study of human society and social interaction. It is a systematic study because sociologists apply both theoretical perspectives and research methods (or orderly approaches) to examinations of social behavior” (Kendall 2006:2).

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How to Cite the Definition of Society

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/society/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

society. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/society/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/society/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“society.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/society/>.