Social Structure

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Social Structure
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Society and Order Social structure  is the interweaving of  people’s interactions and relationships in  more or less recurrent, stable patterns. Sociologists view social structure as the  foundation of social order
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Structure and Scale Sociologists often theorize social structure  in terms of  social space Positions in the social structure are often  interpreted using an analogy to coordinate  space While the tendency is to think in terms of  persons, social space is  scale invariant Persons occupy the same social space as  organizations and groups, typically linking to them  through statuses and their accompanying roles  and identities
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Structure as a Social Fact “Structure is dynamic, not static; it is the  continually evolving outcome and matrix of  a process of social interaction.” – W illiam  H. Sewell, Jr. (1992) Yet we see structure as stable.  How does  social structure provide for both change  and stability?
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