social structure

noun
structure ( def 9 ).

Origin:
1825–35

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social structure

in sociology, the distinctive, stable arrangement of institutions whereby human beings in a society interact and live together. Social structure is often treated together with the concept of social change, which deals with the forces that change the social structure and the organization of society.

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Example sentences
Social structure is organized into clans and tribes.
And you won't have the built-in social structure of the traditional workplace.
We seem to have trouble imagining a more equal social structure in the future.
Their social structure is more complicated than that.
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