What are Social Organizations Definition & Characteristics

Sun, 10/27/2013 - 03:29 -- Umar Farooq

Define Social Organizations

Elliot and Merrill define social organization is a state or a condition in which various institutions of a society are functioning to recognize their purposes.

According to Earnest Jones it is a system in which all the parts of a society are interrelated to each other and to the whole society in a meaningful way.

Characteristics of Social Organizations

Following are the main characteristics of social organizations

Unanimity among Members

Unanimity means the full agreement among the members of a social organization who accept the situation willingly. Unanimity among members of a social organization is an important character which plays a vital role in the existence of that organization. Every individual in a group or society has its own status and according to the status they perform various roles which are acceptance to the whole group. But when the status or a role of an individual charged it becomes dysfunctional to the social organization and leads to social disorganization. For example caste system in its initial stages worked well and was a part of our social organization but when the statuses of the individual in caste system were misused. The whole system of social organization equilibrium members is necessary.

Social Control


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