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Sociological Groups - Lecture Sociology 101 SOCIAL GROUPS A group is a collection of two or more individuals who have developed a common social identity relating to some object of activity. Elements of a Sociological Group 1. Interaction among the members. 2. Members are aware of their membership in the group. 3. Member share a common cause or interest. 4. Organizational structure. AGGREGATES An aggregate is a collection of people who are in the same place at the same time but do not share a definite connection with one another. A collection of peole at a bus station would make up an aggregate. Social Category A social category is a collection of people who are classified together because they all have the same characteristic. White males, native Americans, and females over 65 years of age, would all be examples of social categories. TYPES OF SOCIAL GROUPS In-groups and out-groups are concepts that were introduced into sociology by William Graham Sumner (Sumner 1906.) The term in-group refers to any group to which the
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Unformatted text preview: individual has membership or belongs. CONCIOUSNESS OF KIND The concept of "Conciousness of Kind" is related to the concept of groups and was introduced by the American sociologist Franklin H. Giddings (Giddings 1906). Conciousness of kind is the concept that human beings have a tendency to join or associate with other people who are perceived of as having similarities to themselves. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY GROUPS One of the most widely utilized concepts of sociological groups is that developed by Charles Horton Cooley (Cooley 1909) of the "primary group". Cooley defines a primary group as Sociological Groups - Lecture Sociology 101 being a "small intimate, face to face association. .." of individuals who share some type of common group identity. Cooley goes on to say that the development of this common group identity lead the members of the primary group to naturally identify themselves as "we or us."...
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