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  Group (sociology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In sociology, a group is usually defined as a collection of humans or animals, who share certain characteristics, interact with one another, accept expectations and obligations as members of the group, and share a common identity.
Secondary groups, in contrast to primary groups, are large groups whose relationships are formal and institutional.
Muzafer Sherif (1916-1982) was a founder of the discipline of social psychology.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Social_group   (3943 words)

 Shirky: Social Software and the Politics of Groups
Social software, software that supports group communications, includes everything from the simple CC: line in email to vast 3D game worlds like EverQuest, and it can be as undirected as a chat room, or as task-oriented as a wiki (a collaborative workspace).
The social tools of the internet, lightweight though most of them are, have a kind of fluidity and ease of use that the conference call never attained: compare the effortlessness of CC:ing half a dozen friend to decide on a movie, versus trying to set up a conference call to accomplish the same task.
If a group uses software that encourages constant forking of topics, so that conversations become endless and any given conversation peters out rather than being finished, each participant might enjoy the conversation, but the software may be harming the group goal by encouraging tangents rather than focus.
www.shirky.com /writings/group_politics.html   (1900 words)

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Groups that set policies to rotate their leadership frequently give more women a chance to develop leadership skills than ones that do not, although groups without a rotation policy can allow a few women to develop even stronger and more lasting leadership skills.
Group enterprises were especially dominant in the beginning, with only a few women wishing to set up their own businesses, but now women are beginning to prefer individual undertakings.
A group undertaking also can minimize the work and time burden of each individual woman, allowing her more flexibility and ensuring the continuation of income if she should fall sick or become pregnant and be unable to work for a time.
www.microcreditsummit.org /papers/empowering_final.doc   (17471 words)

 Social groups - a key concept in Economics and Management
Peer groups are often the reference for choosing whether a certain good is a "must have", engendering an imitation dynamics.
To measure social cohesion, one should look at how deep is the gap between the so-called "have's" and "have not's" (as in the case of "digital divide", the access to clean water, or the softer concept of "employability") and how fast is this gap filled through a diffusion dynamics.
The geographical boundaries of social groups are a distinct aspect to analyse, since they are partially influenced by similarities across nations as well as by the hierarchical structure of international relationships.
www.economicswebinstitute.org /glossary/socialgroups.htm   (1096 words)

 Social Research Update 19: Focus Groups
Social Research Update is published quarterly by the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, England.
Focus groups are particularly useful when there are power differences between the participants and decision-makers or professionals, when the everyday use of language and culture of particular groups is of interest, and when one wants to explore the degree of consensus on a given topic (Morgan & Kreuger 1993).
Focus groups can be used at the preliminary or exploratory stages of a study (Kreuger 1988); during a study, perhaps to evaluate or develop a particular programme of activities (Race et al 1994); or after a programme has been completed, to assess its impact or to generate further avenues of research.
www.soc.surrey.ac.uk /sru/SRU19.html   (2903 words)

 Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
The first is sex talk, what he called, in his mid-century prose, "A group met for pairing off." And what that means is, the group conceives of its purpose as the hosting of flirtatious or salacious talk or emotions passing between pairs of members.
Or was it the social configuration of the group that founded it, where they simply couldn't stomach the idea of adding censorship to protect their system.
What matters is, a group designed this and then was unable, in the context they'd set up, partly a technical and partly a social context, to save it from this attack from within.
www.shirky.com /writings/group_enemy.html   (8599 words)

 Social Groups
Primary groups tend to be small and are ordinarily composed of fewer than 15 to 20 individuals.
Interaction and communication among members in a primary group tends to be of an intimate and personal nature.
Reference groups in many cases are not true groups in that the individuals who make up the refernce group may not share the common identity characteristic of groups.
www.tomcravens.com /groups.html   (507 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Unabomber Special Report
We attribute the social and psychological problems of modern society to the fact that that society requires people to live under conditions radically different from those under which the human race evolved and to behave in ways that conflict with the patterns of behavior that the human race developed while living under the earlier conditions.
The disintegration of small-scale social groups is also promoted by the fact that modern conditions often require or tempt individuals to move to new locations, separating themselves from their communities.
Social needs, such as sex, love and status, often remain in group 2 in modern society, depending on the situation of the individual.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/national/longterm/unabomber/manifesto.text.htm   (21510 words)

 The National Autistic Society - Social groups
Social groups are membership groups for people over the age of 16 at the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, such as those with Asperger syndrome.
Social groups are supported by volunteers who are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau, recruited and trained by the NAS.
Social groups meet monthly and activities are discussed and decided on by group members.
www.nas.org.uk /nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=672&a=7652   (352 words)

 Charles Stangor - Publications - Social Groups
"Social Groups in Action and Interaction is a well organized and thorough introduction to the social psychology of groups.
The goal of Social Groups in Action and Interaction is to review and analyze the human group as it operates to create both social good and, potentially, social harm.
In addition, topics that are not unique to either of these two approaches, and yet which are important aspects of group relations, such as culture, crowd behavior, social representations, and negotiation are also covered.
www.bsos.umd.edu /psyc/stangor/groups.html   (543 words)

 Social Groups Social Studies Lesson Plan, Thematic Unit, Activity, Worksheet, or Civics, American History, or ...
Social Groups Social Studies Lesson Plan, Thematic Unit, Activity, Worksheet, or Civics, American History, or Government Teaching Idea
Empathize with the challenges faced by specific social groups.
Groups have 10 minutes to discuss as many facets of that group as they know
www.lessonplanspage.com /SSSocietySocialGroupsHS.htm   (151 words)

 Massachusetts Hospital Resources - Hospital Support Groups
This group consists of adult women substance abusers with post-traumatic stress disorder in various stages of recovery, who are interested in obtaining abstinence and healing from past trauma.
The group is free and open to all, and meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Burr 3 conference room located on the third floor of The Bartlett Hall Building (directly across the circular driveway from the Wang entrance).
Group is held at MGH Chelsea and is facilitated by HAVEN advocates.
www.mghsocialwork.org /support-groups.html   (4761 words)

 Social Groups and Activities   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
A ministry to plan social and spiritual events for people in their 20's and 30's.
Women and men gather on the first and third Fridays to pray and celebrate their lives in the context of a Faith community.
A group that meets for sharing, prayer and discussion.
www.rc.net /newyork/stfrancisxavier/groups.html   (183 words)

 Social Groups in California
Laguna Outreach is a nonprofit, all-volunteer social and educational group serving the gay and lesbian community in Southern California's Orange County area.
South Bay Queer and Asian is a support and social group that provides gay, bisexual, and lesbian Asians and Pacific Islanders in the South Bay with a safe place to "come out of the closet" and be comfortable with their sexual identity and race.
The goal of this elite group is to provide a social network for Bi/Gay men and to further our awareness of the Bi/Gay culture among the community and to ensure that we are doing our very best to help and support each other in the professional work force.
www.pcbg.com /SocialGroupsCalifornia.html   (897 words)

The social sciences are dedicated to understanding the human condition, ideally to the extent that the singular and collective behaviors of human beings can be understood and even predicted.
Wesleyan's Social Psychology Network) are inclined to give greater attention to the bearing of thought processes, personality characteristics, and their changes across the life-cycle.
Further, from this sociological perspective of the human condition, these groups have dynamics of their own (often distinct from members' intentions and desires) that cannot be reduced down to the psychology of individuals.
www.trinity.edu /~mkearl/socpsy.html   (779 words)

 Social Groups
Social groups are defined as having two or more people interact and identity with one another.
Basic and most important social groups are the families also primary groups mean close friends, relatives and secondary groups mean colleagues, school friends and so on.
Social groups have not only positive effects but also negative effects.
www.radessays.com /link.php?site=re&aff=r2c2&dest=viewpaper.php?request=23189   (194 words)

 Social Groups   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Social groups in Polish society, (Political and social...
Plague of Strangers: Social Groups and the Origins of...
Social Roles and Social Institutions : Essays in Honor...
www.growinglifestyle.com /us/j22990   (292 words)

 The Social Anxiety Institute: "Overcoming Social Anxiety" series
Needed for admission: Progress on the cognitive audio therapy sessions, motivation to overcome social anxiety, a commitment to the group, and a willingness to cooperate in everyone else's progress.
The weekly group will be based on Dr. Richards' audio therapy series so it is a prerequisite for all group members to have worked on it to some degree before attending the group.
One therapy group will be primarily for the lesbian, gay and bi community.
www.socialanxietyinstitute.org /CBTGroupsOperating.html   (582 words)

 Regional Social Groups for the HIV+
The KC HIV Social Group, a Kansas City, MO. social group for HIV+ individuals.
A social group (organized by and for HIV+ men) whose purpose is to provide fun activities in the San Diego area that are drug and alcohol free.
the monthly social, an informal conversational group (slanted toward gay poz males) put together by some of those who attend the Monthly Socials (which is for the benefit of the HIV+ in the greater Baltimore/Washington area).
www.hopedc.org /groups.html   (1102 words)

 Commission for Social Development
The Commission for Social Development is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
Since the convening of the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission has been the key UN body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action.
As a result of the Summit, the mandate of the Commission was reviewed and its membership expanded from 32 to 46 members in 1996.
www.un.org /esa/socdev/csd/index.html   (386 words)

 SearchEngine.net - Social Groups Cliques Teenagers Effects
Adolescent cliques control the social structure in many schools by defining...
?As social groups, cliques introduce young people to negative aspects of society, such as...
interests - formal social groups are referred to as societies or organizations.
www.searchengine.net /Social_Groups_Cliques_Teenagers_Effects.htm   (213 words)

 Social Watch : About
Social Watch is an international network informed by national citizens' groups aiming at following up the fulfilment of internationally agreed commitments on poverty eradication and equality.
These national groups report, through the national Social Watch report, on the progress - or regression - towards these commitments and goals.
Social Watch is an international watchdog citizens' network on poverty eradication and gender equality
www.socialwatch.org /en/acercaDe/index.htm   (116 words)

 Social Groups in Canada
BUM is a not-for-profit group for bisexuals in the Montreal area.
We're a social group established in 1995 to serve the communities of York Region, including Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Markham and surrounding areas.
We are a group of gay/bi-sexual/lesbian men and women, who get together socially, on a monthly basis for Dinner Parties(all of which are held in our member's homes).
www.gayscape.com /socialgroupscan.html   (763 words)

 Waltham Social Groups   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Club offers social and cultural opportunities for learning and exchange amoung Canadian Women living in the area, and raises funds for a variety of social and educational cause.
Circle of Friends is a social group for adults both with and without disabilities.
The Sons of Italy is a social and charitable organization for people of Italian descent.
www.waltham-community.org /SocGroups.html   (372 words)

 Working in Greece — Specially for young, women, studentsÂ… - Special Social Groups
The European Employment Strategy aims to reinforce policies promoting the enhancement of actions for inclusion to work of special social groups with an emphasis on equal opportunities for all.
An Ancillary Support Service is any service or group of services organized to stimulate or reinforce the individual, as well as mobilize and sensitize the entire social web, with the aim to help vulnerable social groups incorporate into society and the labour market.
The web site of the Ministry of Labour provides a list of approved action plans aiming to promote social inclusion for the vulnerable social groups in the context of the Operational Programme mentioned above.
www.ekep.gr /english/employment/syy.asp   (281 words)

 Social Research Groups
CU Stereotyping and Prejudice Laboratory (University of Colorado--Boulder)
Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Social Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory (University of Toronto)
www.socialpsychology.org /labgroups.htm   (419 words)

 Social Anxiety UK - Local groups : List
This page shows all known groups around the country.
If you are running a group, and it is not listed here, please email details to groups@social-anxiety.org.uk and we'll add it to the list.
Guildford social phobia and social anxiety disorder self help group
www.social-anxiety.org.uk /groups/list.htm   (78 words)

 Scene: Singles in California meeting places, social groups, and places to socialize with other singles.
Scene: Singles in California meeting places, social groups, and places to socialize with other singles.
Although predominantly single, the only requirements for TCI membership are at least 21 years of age, minimum height of 6'2" for men, and minimum height of 5'10" for women.
Fellowship of Christian Singles Also known as FCS, it is a group for Christians of all denominations and ages who want to socialize in a spiritual atmosphere.
www.solosingles.com /stca/californiasinglesmeeta-l.htm   (1103 words)

 Social Groups in New York
We are a social service center that provides social interaction, educational seminars, crafts, computer classes and fitness programs for LGBTST elders of all colors.
Twentysomething is a social group that provides an alternative to the bar and club scene in New York City for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people in or around their Twenties
The Natural History Group (NHG), is group of professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts who share an appreciation for everything that is the Natural World.
www.gayscape.com /socialgroupsny.html   (314 words)

 Tecschange -- Technology for Social Change
To provide technology to individuals and groups working for social change, locally and internationally.
TecsChange is now offering a class series designed for non-techie organizers and activists working in small organization or individuals who need to keep their computers running happy and healthy.
Contributions from individuals are our primary source of income, and are the reason we can continue to provide training, computers and technical support to social justice organizers and activitsts.
www.tecschange.org   (474 words)

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