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56 Examples of Social Significance

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Social significance is anything that influences society, social behavior and social status. This includes all the elements of a society such as norms, expectations, symbols, institutions, cultures, languages, social status, markets, laws and so forth. For example, if you are unable to speak the dominant language in a society, this would have social significance as it would tend to sideline you in a great variety of social processes. The following are examples of things that have social significance.
Altruism
Ascribed Status
Authority
Beauty
Bravery
Candor
Character
Civility
Community Engagement
Conformity
Conventions
Coolness
Cultural Capital
Cultural Competence
Culture
Education
Family
Fashion
Friends
Groupthink
Hobbies
Humor
Identity
Income
Individualism
Institutions
Intelligence
Knowledge
Language
Laws
Likability
Markets
Memberships
Norms
Personal Hygiene
Personal Presence
Physical Appearance
Politeness
Politics
Politics
Popularity / Fame
Profession
Relationships
Reputation
Risk Taking
Roles & Responsibilities
Rules & Regulations
Saving Face
Shared Experiences
Shared Identity
Social Capital
Social Status
Socioeconomic Class
Traditions
Values
Wealth
The term social significance is used in two very different ways. In most social sciences, it refers to the influence that something such as an institution has over society. In the study of human behavior, social significance relates to the behaviors, habits and skills that influence our social lives. For example, the influence personal hygiene might have over your social life.

What is the social significance of ___?

It is a common for academic questions to ask for the social significance of something. For example, the social significance of capitalism. This type of question is asking you to look at the influence of ___ over social issues. For example, how capitalism may damage the environment or improve quality of life for billions of people. A good way to answer this type of question is to select 3 social issues and theorize about the influence ___ may have over each issue.
Overview: Social Significance
Type
Definition (Social Sciences)
The influence that something has over society, particularly in regards to social issues.
Definition (Human Behavior)
The influence that a behavior, habit or skill has over social processes.
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