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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Metrowest Daily News 15 Jun 2021
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The Daily Journal - San Mateo 15 Jun 2021
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Manila Bulletin 15 Jun 2021
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Hastings Tribune 15 Jun 2021
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Former Biden COVID adviser claims Americans could have sacrificed more

New York Post 15 Jun 2021
“The pandemic wouldn’t have been as bad if public health officials had realized most people regard in-person social interaction as ‘essential’, are not bad people for it, and that a strategy centered around expecting them to sacrifice it for months at a ......

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LA Weekly 15 Jun 2021
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The Irish Times 15 Jun 2021
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Russia Today 15 Jun 2021
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Deccan Herald 14 Jun 2021
Therefore, issues of social isolation, lack of physical activities and poor understanding of practical knowledge need to be addressed ... Social connectivity. The lack of social connectivity can cause mental stress and depression ... This breaks the monotony and increases social interaction and connectivity....

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The Conversation 14 Jun 2021
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