Unformatted text preview: themselves as "we or us." ELEMENTS OF A PRIMARY GROUP 1. Primary groups tend to be small and are ordinarily composed of fewer than 15 to 20 individuals. 2. Interaction and communication among members in a primary group tends to be of an intimate and personal nature. 3. Members in aprimary group commonly develop strong emotional bonds with other members. 4. Primary groups generally persist over extensive periods of time. SECONDARY GROUPS The term secondary group has come into use in sociology to describe any group which lacks one or more of the elements that go together to characterize a primary group. In general, a secondary group is composed of individuals who lacks strong emotional ties one another....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, Charles Horton Cooley, primary group, common group identity