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40 Examples of Social Facts

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Social facts are observable and objective social realities that exercise social control over individuals. These are socially constructed with human agreements, understandings, conventions and traditions. Social facts may be invented by society but are very real such that they shape behavior and are difficult for individuals to ignore. The following are common examples of social facts.
Languages
Nations
Laws
Justice and justice systems
Crime
Military organizations
War
Norms
Religions
Customs
Traditions
Economic systems
Markets
Corporations & organizations
Jobs
Roles
Institutions
Marriage
Education and education systems
Political systems
Money
Technology
Cities
Social class
Social status
Social identity
Holidays
Culture
Cuisine
Sports
Etiquette
Media
Taxes
Clothing and fashion
Patriotism
Borders
Healthcare
Constitutions
Rights
Freedoms

Are Social Facts Negative?

Social facts are not inherently negative or positive. They typically provide the things that people need such as goods, learning, stability, social belonging, peaceful coexistence and so forth. They do exercise social control in that they provide a shape for society. The alternative would be for each individual to completely invent all things for themselves along the lines of anarchy and relativism.

Definition

Social facts were first proposed by French sociologist Émile Durkheim. Durkheim defined social facts as "manners of acting, thinking and feeling external to the individual, which are invested with a coercive power by virtue of which they exercise control over him". He viewed sociology as the "science of social facts".
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