Social Change and Social Order In Rural and Urban Society

Social Change and Social Order In Rural and Urban Society

Question

What are some features of social order in rural areas ?

Answer
Featurs of Social Order in Rural Areas :

1. Size : Villages are small in size so they usually permit more personalised relationships; it is not unusual for members of village to know all or most other members by sight.

2. Structure : The social structure in villages tends to follow a more traditionally pattern : institution like caste, religion, and other forms of customary or traditional social practice are stronger here. For these reasons, unless there are special circumstances that make for an exception, change is slower to arrive in villages than in towns.

3. Scope of expression : The subordinate sections of society have much less scope for expressing themselves in rural areas than their counterparts in cities.

4. Population : Given the small population, it is also very difficult to gather large numbers, particularly since efforts towards this cannot be hidden from the powerful and are very quickly suppressed.

5. Power structure : So, in short, if there is a strong power structure already in place in a village, it is very difficult to dislodge it. Change in the sense of shifts in power are thus slow and late to arrive in rural areas because the social order is stronger and more resilient.

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