Society uses government to put in place laws designed to protect individuals and groups within society. Without laws, society would devolve into anarchy, with individuals seeking their own goals at the expense of others. More »

The government is in charge of the administration and regulation of the citizens and constituents it represents, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. It is a political system by which a country or region is managed or c... More »

The federal government began on March 4, 1789, when the first session of the U.S. Congress was held. Of the 22 senators and 59 representatives called to represent the 11 states who ratified the U.S. Constitution, only ni... More »

Social construction is the way in which society groups individuals and provides certain privileges for one group over another. Most people are unaware of social construction, as much of it takes place subconsciously. Poi... More »

Society describes a group of people who share similar values, laws and traditions living in organized communities for mutual benefits. Members of society often share religions, politics or culture. More »

The basic concepts of sociology revolve around the patterns of human behavior that sociology looks to study: society and culture, ways in which individuals and groups interact and the factors which influence an individua... More »

Power relations are the interactions between different groups in a society. Power relations are the ability of one group or a person to control others, and they exist at all levels of society. More »