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Society vs Culture

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A society is a system of living. A culture is a way of living. These are both adopted by social groups in order to improve quality of life.

Definitions

Society
Culture
A system adopted by a social group as a foundation for law, economic production, culture and quality of life.
A way of life adopted by a social group.

Similarities

Both a society and a culture are typically intended to improve quality of life by creating frameworks for cooperation, shared experience and identity.

Differences

A society is a system that includes a government, economy, regions, cities, communities, cultures, institutions, legal system, infrastructure and capital. Societies are largely defined by a political process whereby people may participate indirectly by voting. It is also common for a society to have a large bureaucracy that manages things.
A culture emerges amongst people through a process of shared experiences. This not systematic, bureaucratic or political but rather a shared way of life that people voluntarily follow. Cultures exist at many levels such a culture associated with a nation, region, city, neighborhood, language, religion, ethnicity, profession, art or hobby. As such, a society may contain many cultures but may be strongly aligned to a dominant national culture or cultures of different regions that have united under a single society.
Society
Culture
System
Way of Life
One society in a place as represented by a nation.
Many cultures in a place such that an individual may belong to multiple cultures. For example, a person who belongs to a national culture, city culture, neighborhood culture and music scene.
Primarily defined by politics and bureaucratic processes.
Primarily defined by shared experiences, tradition and history.

Relationship

Culture is one of many elements that make for a society. That is to say that a society includes a government, economic system, land, people and their cultures. A society may defend and nurture its cultures. Alternatively, it may compete with culture and attempt to suppress it. It is also common for a society to seek to standardized and unify culture. For example, a government that seeks to extinguish native languages in favor of a common language.

Examples

Society
Culture
Government
Institutions
Constitution
Legal System
Economic System
Land
Capital
People
Cultures
Soft Infrastructure
Hard Infrastructure
Traditions
History
Norms
Celebrations
Pastimes
Rites of Passage
Roles
Responsibilities
Values
Arts
Entertainment

Society

This is the complete list of articles we have written about society.
Broken Windows
Centralization
Cities
Civic Duty
Civilization
Collectivism
Communism
Community
Conformity
Consumer Society
Culture
Culture Lag
Decorum
Democracy
Duty
Economic Systems
Education
Equality
Freedom
Group Harmony
Herd Behavior
Herd Mentality
Identity
Ideology
Justice
Media Freedom
Medicalization
Middle Class
Mores
Multiculturalism
Paternalism
Power Distance
Public Sector
Resilience
Responsibility
Rights
Rules
Social Capital
Social Class
Social Constructs
Social Mobility
Social Status
Society
Systems
Technocracy
Tolerance
Traditions
Upper Class
Upward Mobility
Working Class
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