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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The Oregonian 16 Jun 2024
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Korea Times 16 Jun 2024
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The Oregonian 16 Jun 2024
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The Oregonian 16 Jun 2024
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The Oregonian 16 Jun 2024
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The Oregonian 16 Jun 2024
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The Oregonian 16 Jun 2024
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Trump forgets his doctor’s name while mocking Biden’s cognitive decline

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The city of grey beards and green hedges

Hindustan Times 16 Jun 2024
The reality of modern life, demands of career and distances created by geographical relocations, means that daily interactions are predominantly digital ... While these elders find solace in their gardens and surrogate families, they also try to carve out their own niches of social interaction....
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Money Matters: Your employees aren’t bored; they’re lonely

Provo Daily Herald 16 Jun 2024
Stock photoA growing cause of employee disengagement at the workplace is loneliness brought about by decreased opportunities for interoffice socialization and personal feedback ... Encourage social connections ... People can choose their level of involvement and social interaction....
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