Social environment


Social environment

The social environment of an individual, also called social context or milieu, is the culture that s/he was educated and/or lives in, and the people and institutions with whom the person interacts.[1]

The interaction may be in person or through communication media, even anonymous or one-way, and may not imply equality of social status. Therefore the social environment is a broader concept than that of social class or social circle. Nevertheless, persons with the same social environment often develop a sense of solidarity; they often tend to trust and help one another, and to congregate in social groups. They will often think in similar styles and patterns even when their conclusions differ.

References

  1. ^ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1446600/pdf/11249033.pdf Elizabeth Barnett, PhD and Michele Casper, PhD, A Definition of “Social Environment”, American Journal of Public Health, March 2001, Vol. 91, No. 3