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"I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member" --Groucho Marx

“Man cannot become attached to higher aims and submit to a rule if he sees nothing above him to which he belongs. To free himself from all social pressure is to abandon himself and demoralize him.” --Suicide (1897) by Émile Durkheim

Pollice Verso (1872) by Jean-Léon Gérôme
Pollice Verso (1872) by Jean-Léon Gérôme

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In sociology, a group is usually defined as a collection of humans or animals, who share certain characteristics, interact with one another, accept expectations and obligations as members of the group, and share a common identity. Using this definition, society can appear as a large group.

While an aggregate comprises merely a number of individuals, a group in sociology exhibits cohesiveness to a larger degree. Characteristics that members in the group may share include interests, values, ethnic/linguistic background, and kinship ties.



A group is a number of things or persons being in some relation to one another.


Identity groups (limited list)


Other labels used to describe groups

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