Discuss the contribution of groups to the function of social structure.
|5.5.1||There is more to social structure than statuses, roles, and institutions. Social groups are the powerhouse that makes social structure function because these are the interpersonal associations within which social actions take place.Sociologists also use the word group to refer to different types of behavior that do not involve interaction. Remember that the term “Social Group” only applies to groups in which there is direct or indirect interaction.|
|Discuss the contribution of groups to the function of social structure.|
|Primary Groups||There are three essential features of primary groups.
|Secondary Groups||Secondary groups are more formal, larger and organized around the accomplishment of goals. Secondary groups can be small: a 2 person team working on a project who are not otherwise friends or relatives is a secondary group; 5 students in a band may be a secondary group if they don’t’ have closer ties between them other than the band. Work groups are usually secondary, regardless of size and at work friendliness, just think about how rare it is for work “friendships” to survive once we leave our jobs and don’t share that common tie of working toward company goals.Source: Introduction to Sociology by Ron J. Hammond. Published online @ http://freebooks.uvu.edu/SOC1010/index.php/about.html|