Social groups are groups of people who come together for common social interests to achieve common goals and ends. Within these groups, there is usually a certain structuring of roles as well as frequent relationships.
Social groups should not be confused with social classes , since social classes are a way of categorizing societies based on socioeconomic variables.
Social groups can be classified as urban tribes , that is, social groups that come together of their own free will or they can be social groups that come together for common purposes under the guidance of a leader , said purposes can be an economic interest or a reward in common, investment groups can fall into the latter just to mention a simple example.
Social groups in many cases are clearly distinguishable given their customs, for example the activities they carry out, their attitudes, the way they dress, etc … Roles within social groups are important, since a defined structure is key for them to be keep integrity and organized. Depending on the number of members, they can be classified as primary, secondary and tertiary groups.
Examples of social groups
- Investment groups
- Urban tribes
- Towns with a small population
- Sports or entertainment clubs
- Social Organizations
- Political parties
- Participants in contests
- Study clubs
- Reading groups
- Work groups, either of a labor or educational nature
- Religious groups
- Closest friends
- Members of a musical band
- Fans of a certain musical group
- School groups
- Nonprofit organizations
Characteristics of social groups
In general, every group has a series of characteristics that define and name them as such, among them we can mention:
- Plurality of individuals and their identification: in each group, each of the parts that comprise it are generally identified, through positions or appointments within them.
- Common objective: they are identified by common ideas and values that define and unite them.
- Organization : the internal structuring of a social group is essential to be able to define it as such and in this way internal chaos is avoided.
- Norms and values: the general guidelines to be followed within the group must be established.
- Continuity or permanence: generally, these social groups, thanks to the above characteristics, last over time. As long as the guidelines remain among his followers.