The Dynamics of Societal Systems

  • Jonathan H. Turner


A societal system is a geo-political-cultural unit that organizes the actions of, and transactions among, members of a population in space, and over time. The geographical element of a society is control of bounded territories within which the members of a population and corporate units act; and even when their activities involve geo-political and geo-economic forays into other societies, the territorial home base of the society of origin is still what defines the “place” of individuals and corporate actors. Another geographical element of society is the systems among communities that are built up within a society’s territorial boundaries and, at times, between communities of two or more societies. Like societies, communities are also geographical formations that organize the actions of individual and collective actors.


Institutional Differentiation Institutional Activity Stratification System Societal Evolution Cultural Integration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of California at RiversideRiversideUSA

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