Social Order

This subsystem is the social order, which is a set of cultural patterns for organizing interaction among people and groups. The social order includes three key mechanisms for ordering behavior: personal identities (such as age or gender), norms (rules for behaving), and hierarchies (for example, of wealth or power). Hence, certain predictions about interaction are created when one can identify the age, gender, status, and power of individuals or groups, and such expectations allow the social system to function. The social order (individually, collectively, and in relationship to social institutions and social cycles) provides high predictability in much of human behavior.

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