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Definition of Social system

Social system Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
In cybernetics, a system involving its observers. Such a system is constituted (see constitution ) by communication among observers who participate within that system by drawing distinctions and creating relations within it (see analysis, second-order cybernetics ). This contrasts sharply with the use of the same term in the structural-functional school of sociology, where it denotes a pattern of social acts in pursuit of individual and collective goals and governed by the need of the "social system" to maintain its own structure. (Krippendorff )
Social system Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Social system is a central term in sociological systems theory. The term draws a line to ecosystem, biological organisms, psychical systems and technical systems. They all form the environment of social systems. Minimum requirements for a social system is interaction of at least two personal systems or two persons acting in their roles. The first who formulated a systematic theory of social systems was Talcott Parsons where it was a part of his AGIL paradigm yet the social system is only a segment (or a "subsystem") of what Parsons calls action theory; however, Vilfredo Pareto had used the term "social system" earlier but only as a sketch and not as an overall analytical scheme in the sense of Parsons.

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Social system Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
A term characteristic of functional analysis.  The social system consists of both a social structure of interrelated institutions, statuses, and roles and the functioning of that structure in terms of social actions and human interactions.
Social system Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
(synonym) social organization, social organisation, social structure, structure
(hypernym) system, scheme
(hyponym) feudalism, feudal system
(member-holonym) society
(member-meronym) political system, form of government