Social Structure Is The Social Organization Of A Society As An Integrated Whole

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Social structure is the social organization of a society as an integrated whole. Social systems contain four main elements: social groups, institutions, status, and roles. Social groups contain people with common characteristics, whereas institutions deal with people 's relationships and interactions in a group. A role is what is expected of someone and it is determined by his or her status. The ideal social system includes a strong structure within each of those four areas. The structure gives each citizen equal rights, the ability to choose one’s own role, and does not contain a class system. Giving citizens opportunities and freedoms based upon categories such as gender, race, religion, or wealth sets up a system to fail. Additionally, a society where citizens are separated into classes and given certain roles or occupations resulting from their status will never succeed. Equality among citizens is essential for the well-being of citizens in a society. Equal rights are necessary in order for each person to have adequate opportunities to succeed and positively impact the community. In an equal society, people do not differ in social status due to their race, religion, sex, etc. In The Sleeper Awakes, by H. G. Wells, citizens are not equal which creates unhappiness within the society. Wells believes that “every child born of woman should have a fair and assured chance of happiness. And here, after two hundred years, the same hope, still unfulfilled, cried passionately…

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