What are the major elements of the social structure?

The major elements of the social structure are institutions, social groups, statuses, and roles.

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A social structure is exactly as it sounds—the way society is structured, or organized. Although the concept has been debated by social scientists over the years, there are common elements derived from a social structure’s continuous social activities in the way it has been defined, including institutions, social groups, statuses, and roles.

Institutions are the traditional, ongoing pattern of social relationships within a social structure, most often recognized as family, religion, politics, economics, and education. Contemporary society has also given root to others inherent to modern topics such as science and technology, mass media, medicine, sport, and the military that are sometimes included in this category.

Social Groups, defined as two or more individuals who share common ideals and interactions, make up the core...

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