# 5 Social Groups

# 5 Social Groups - SOCIAL GROUPS SOCIAL GROUPS Group...

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Unformatted text preview: SOCIAL GROUPS SOCIAL GROUPS Group People who belong together Interact with each other Example: coworkers at a restaurant Aggregate People who occupy the same space Not connected with each other Example: People waiting for a bus Category People who share characteristics May not interact with each other Example: COS students PRIMARY GROUP (COOLEY) PRIMARY GROUP (COOLEY) Small in size Intimate face-to-face association Cooperation Important to persons identity Essential to emotional well being Examples: Families Close friends Small religious groups Intimate partners SECONDARY GROUP SECONDARY GROUP Larger in size More formal More impersonal Based on an interest or activity May break down into primary groups Examples: College class Walmart employees Phi Theta Kappa members Dorm residents VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS A special type of secondary group A special type of secondary group Usually large in size Organize on basis of mutual interest May be local, state, or national Often advocate for welfare of members Examples: NAACP Baptist church members NRA Libertarian Party California Teachers Association Iron law of oligarchy Domination by a small group of people (the elite) Often occurs in voluntary associations Attitudes of leaders hidden from members Elected officers chosen informally ahead of time Examples: VFW Political parties Professional associations IN-GROUPS AND OUT-GROUPS IN-GROUPS AND OUT-GROUPS In-group Strong identification by members Feeling of loyalty Sense of superiority Out-group Group toward which in-group feels competition or antagonism Considered inferior to the in-group May be the victim of discrimination...
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# 5 Social Groups - SOCIAL GROUPS SOCIAL GROUPS Group...

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