A social environment are social settings and structures where something happens. This is often applied to the life of an individual whereby social environment denotes the social context of their life. The following are common examples of a social environment.
A total institution is an institution that completely dominates the social environment of its members. This includes things like prisons and retirement homes. In some cases, schools and universities represent a total institution for an individual whereby they seldom interact with anyone outside of a school culture.
Marriages & Partnerships
School Clubs & Activities
Social Class (e.g. middle class)
Urban / Rural Settings
Community ContextThe characteristics of a community such as a neighborhood, city or town. This applies where a social environment relates to a specific geographical place.
Socioeconomic EnvironmentThe economic structures, systems and conditions faced by people in a community or social group. For example, a social environment that provides ample educational and employment opportunities that also has a relatively high cost of living.
DemographicsThe structure of a population such as a city or neighborhood. For example, a social environment with an aging population and declining birth rate.
Social GroupsGroups that spend time together and perceive each other as belonging to the same group or identity. Individuals typically belong to multiple social groups that form their social environment. For example, a teenager who belongs to a family, a school and a group of friends.
Cultural EnvironmentThe cultures that define the norms, expectations, traditions and beliefs of the social environment. This is typically complex with multiple cultures such as national cultures, regional cultures, ethnic cultures, organizational cultures, political cultures, generational cultures and so forth that may apply to a single situation.
Social InstitutionsSocial structures and systems that are durable such that they are sustained over time. These provide stability and shape the social environment.Next: Cultural Environment
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