As each of us moves through life, we take part in various social groups. For these purposes, a social group is any group of interacting people.
Consider the following framework in relation to the various examples of social groups I note below:
- Brief description - characterization of the group, in a few lines.
- Lifespan - how long groups last, also in relation to their members. For example, is the lifespan of the group dependent on the continued membership of a specific participant?
- Inter-group - interactions of the group, as a whole, with other groups
- Supergroups - groups that (do/could) wholly contain this group
- Subgroups - groups that (do/could) be wholly contained by this group
- 'Peer'-groups - groups that could be considered as peers of this group: groups that this group interacts with on a peer-basis, rather than in a controlling type relationship.
- Intra-group - the internal workings of the group
- Types of member
- Membership requirements
- Circumstances of entry
- Modes of participation
- Circumstances of exit
- Nuclear family
- Extended family
- Small businesses
- Class pupil groups
- Year groups
- Settlements (villages/towns/cities/conurbations etc.)
see also: Peergroup