What is meant by social order and how is it maintained?


-Anushree Ojha, Subject Matter Expert at Edmarz

Solution: The tendency of established social systems to oppose and regulate change is referred to as social order.

Change is prevented, discouraged, or at the very least regulated by social order. Every society must be able to reproduce itself over time and preserve its stability in order to establish itself as a robust and viable social system. Stability necessitates that things stay more or less the same – that people obey the same rules, that similar actions have similar effects, and that people and institutions operate in a fairly predictable manner.

As they have a vested interest in stability, the governing or dominant groups in society often reject any social changes that may undermine their status. Subordinated or oppressed groups, on the other hand, have a vested stake in reform. ‘Normal’ circumstances frequently favour the wealthy and powerful, who can withstand change.

The active maintenance and replication of a particular pattern of social relations, values, and standards is referred to as social order. In general, social order can be achieved in one of two ways: when people voluntarily choose to follow a set of rules and norms, or when people are pushed to follow such norms in various ways.

People’s spontaneous assent to social order is based on common values and standards that they internalise through the socialisation process.

In different situations, socialisation may be more or less effective, but it can never fully eliminate an individual’s willpower.

While socialisation helps to produce social order in some ways, it is never sufficient on its own.

As a result, most modern societies must rely on some type of coercion or force to ensure that institutions and individuals adhere to social standards.

Power is commonly characterised as the ability to influence others to do what you want, regardless of what they want. We have a situation of dominance when a power relationship is steady and settled, and the parties involved have become accustomed to their respective positions.

A social entity (a person, institution, or group) is considered to be dominant if it is in a position of power on a regular or regular basis.

In normal times, powerful organizations, groups, or people have a significant impact on society. They are challenged from time to time, but only in unusual or extraordinary circumstances.

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