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A human society is a group of people related to each other through continued relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or virtual territory, same interests, subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Human societies are characterized by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions. A given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent members. In the social sciences, a larger society often evinces stratification and/or dominance patterns in subgroups.
In so far as it is collaborative, a society can enable its members to benefit in ways that would not otherwise be possible on an individual basis; both individual and social (common) benefits can thus be distinguished, or in many cases found to overlap. A society can also consist of like-minded people governed by their own norms and values within a dominant, larger society. This is sometimes referred to as a subculture, a term used extensively within criminology: an organized group working together having a common interests, beliefs, or profession.
More broadly, a society may be described as an economic, social, or industrial infrastructure, made up of a varied collection of individuals or subgroups. Members of a society may be from different ethnic groups. A society can be a particular ethnic group, such as the Saxons; a nation state, such as Bhutan; or a broader cultural group, such as a Western society. The word society may also refer to an organized voluntary association of people for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes. A "society" may also be a group of social organisms such as an ant colony, or any cooperative aggregate such as, for example, in some formulations of artificial intelligence.
The concept of the First World
first originated during the Cold War
, where it was used to describe countries that the United States
was aligned with. These countries were democratic
. After the fall of the Soviet Union
and the end of the Cold War, the term "First World" took on a new meaning that was more applicable to the times. Since its original definition, the term First World
has come to be largely synonymous with developed countries
or highly developed countries
(depending on which definition is being used). First World countries in general have very advanced economies and very high Human Development Indexes
. On the other hand, the United Nations
defined the First World on the wealth of the nation's gross national product
(GNP). The definition of First World
is now less concrete than during the Cold War
. Global dynamics between the First World and the other Worlds were essentially split into two. Relationships with the Second World
were competitive, ideological and hostile. Relationships with Third World
countries were normally positive in theory, while some were quite negative in practice (such as with the practice of proxy war
). Present inter-world relationships are not so rigid, although there is a disparity in terms of the First World having more influence, wealth, information and advancements than the other worlds. Globalization
is an increasingly important phenomenon which has been fueled largely by the First World and its connections with the other worlds. An example of globalization within the First World is the European Union
which has brought much cooperation and integration to the region. Multinational corporations
also provide examples of the First World's impact on globalization, as they have brought economic, political and social integration in many countries. With the rise of the multinational corporation, the problem of outsourcing
has risen in many First World countries.
A United Nations vehicle patrols the streets of the Bel-Air neighborhood of Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. An estimated three million people were affected by the earthquake, with an estimated 280,000 buildings severely damaged or destroyed.
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David Émile Durkheim
(French: [emil dyʁkɛm] or [dyʁkajm]
; April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) was a French sociologist
. He formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx
and Max Weber
, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science
and father of sociology. Much of Durkheim's work was concerned with how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence
; an era in which traditional social and religious ties are no longer assumed, and in which new social institutions
have come into being. His first major sociological work was The Division of Labor in Society
(1893). In 1895, he published his Rules of the Sociological Method
and set up the first European department of sociology, becoming France's first professor of sociology. In 1898, he established the journal L'Année Sociologique
. Durkheim's seminal monograph, Suicide
(1897), a study of suicide
rates amongst Catholic and Protestant populations, pioneered modern social research
and served to distinguish social science from psychology
and political philosophy
. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
(1912), presented a theory of religion, comparing the social and cultural lives of aboriginal and modern societies. Durkheim was also deeply preoccupied with the acceptance of sociology as a legitimate science
. He refined the positivism
originally set forth by Auguste Comte
, promoting what could be considered as a form of epistemological realism
, as well as the use of the hypothetico-deductive model
in social science. He remained a dominant force in French intellectual life until his death in 1917, presenting numerous lectures and published works on a variety of topics, including the sociology of knowledge
, social stratification
, and deviance
. Durkheimian terms such as "collective consciousness
" have since entered the popular lexicon.
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