What Is Social Order?

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Social order refers to the way in which a society is organized along with certain rules and standards that are set forth in order to maintain that organization. Within social sciences, social order refers to a set of connected social structures, practices and institutions that maintain and set methods for relating and behaving.

In a social order, individuals within a society mingle, interact and live together within unique and stable arrangements of institutions. Oftentimes social change accompanies social structure, providing forces that alter a society’s social structure and organization. There are groups within each society, including businesses, athletic groups, neighborhoods, families and churches, each of which has its own unique structure. Some individuals belong to a single group while others belong to more than one.