Society and CultureWhat Is a Society?•A societyis a group of people with shared territory, interaction, and culture. Some societies are made up of people who are united by friendship or common interests. Some societies are merely social groups, two or more people who interact and identify with one another.•Every society must have territory, or an area to call its own.•Members of a society must interact with one another on a regular basis.•Cultureis a defining element of a society. •Some societies are pluralistic societiescomposed of many different kinds of people, some of whom belonged to other societies. The United States is a pluralistic society. •In a pluralistic society, members retain some ethnic traditions and beliefs from their old society. In order to fit into their new society, however, members must give up some of these original traditions. This process is called assimilation.
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