Social relation

In social science, a social relation or social interaction is any relationship between two or more individuals. Social relations derived from individual agency form the basis of social structure and the basic object for analysis by social scientists. Fundamental inquiries into the nature of social relations feature in the work of sociologists such as Max Weber in his theory of social action.

Categorizing social interactions enables observational and other social research, such as Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft (lit. "Community and Society"), collective consciousness, etc. However different schools and theories of sociology and other social sciences dispute the methods used for such investigations.

Forms of relation and interaction

According to Piotr Sztompka, forms of relation and interaction in sociology and anthropology may be described as follows: first and most basic are animal-like behaviors, i.e. various physical movements of the body. Then there are actions - movements with a meaning and purpose. Then there are social behaviors, or social actions, which address (directly or indirectly) other people, which solicit a response from another agent. Next are social contacts, a pair of social actions, which form the beginning of social interactions. Social interactions in turn form the basis of social relations. Symbols define social relationships. Without symbols, our social life would be no more sophisticated than that of animals. For example, without symbols we would have no aunts or uncles, employers or teachers-or even brothers and sisters. In sum, Symbolic integrations analyze how social life depends on the ways we define ourselves and others. They study of face-to-face interaction, examining how people make sense out of life, how they determine their relationships.

This sociological hierarchy is illustrated in the table below:

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Phys Dot Org 29 Jul 2021
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Waco Tribune-Herald 29 Jul 2021
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North Shore News 29 Jul 2021
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The Daily Mail 29 Jul 2021
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Friendship Day 2021: UAE parents, kids on how relationships were changed by the pandemic

Gulf News 29 Jul 2021
It was perhaps the youngest that hurt the most, for interaction is what fuels learning and reinforces development, not to mention it helps them learn how to navigate the quagmire of social situations ... [he suffered because] social interaction was missing.” ... [She had] no interaction, she could only to speak to the person in front of her....

NB library receives grant to hire social worker

The World 29 Jul 2021
Haley Lagasse, library director at the North Bend Library, announced Wednesday the library received a $158,000 grant to hire a social worker to help community members access care and other things they need ...Social services are a regular part of what we support the community with in the library,” Lagasse said....

Eufaula receives AARP grant

Muskogee Phoenix 29 Jul 2021
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DraftKings eyes Detroit in launching Sports & Social betting bars, restaurants

Detroit news 29 Jul 2021
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Van Beek: Back-to-school anxiety

Vail Daily 29 Jul 2021
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RTE 29 Jul 2021
The way we continue to use these technologies in our personal and work lives have fundamentally changed how we interact as a society and will continue to do so ... A digital detox is often seen as a way to refocus on real-life social interactions without online distractions....

DraftKings and Sports & Social Enter Into Strategic Sports Betting and Entertainment Agreement

Omaha World-Herald 29 Jul 2021
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The Buffalo News 29 Jul 2021
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