PoliticalThe structures that are used to make decisions as a society or group of societies. For example:
EconomicThe entities that play a role in economic production and distribution.
Regulatory & Tax Agencies
CulturalShared institutions that are potentially freely formed without state interference.
SocialThe structure of social groups.
Relational StructureListing out the entities as above can be considered a structure. It is also common to draw relationships between entities. This is often a simple hierarchy such as upper class → bourgeoisie → middle class → working class → lumpenproletariat.
MacrostructureThe top level structure of a society. These include very large entities such as "government."
MicrostructureIn practice, it is possible to view the structure of societies at many different levels. Where these list relatively small entities they are described as microstructure. For example, family structures such as grandparents, parents and children could be viewed as microstructure.
|Overview: Social Structures|
|Definition||The elements of a society and the relationships between them.|