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  • soap opera (broadcasting)

    Soap opera, broadcast dramatic serial program, so called in the United States because most of its major sponsors for many years were manufacturers of soap and detergents. The soap opera is characterized by a permanent cast of actors, a continuing story, emphasis on dialogue instead of action, a

  • soapberry (plant)

    Soapberry, any member of the genus Sapindus, of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), comprising about 12 species of shrubs and trees native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, the Americas, and islands of the Pacific. The leaves are divided into leaflets, which are arranged along an axis.

  • soapberry family (plant family)

    Sapindales: Sapindaceae: Many members of the order are important economically, particularly for their timber or fruits. A few tropical species of the family Sapindaceae produce useful wood for construction, furniture, or fuel, but many are better known for their fruits. Blighia sapida (akee) from West Africa,…

  • soapfish (fish)

    Soapfish, any of about 24 species of marine fishes constituting the tribe Grammistini (family Serranidae; order Perciformes), occurring from the Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific region. In appearance, they are characterized by a reduced spinous dorsal fin and a slightly protruding lower jaw. The name

  • soapstone (mineral)

    talc: …feel accounts for the name soapstone given to compact aggregates of talc and other rock-forming minerals. Dense aggregates of high-purity talc are called steatite.

  • soapwort (plant)

    Soapwort, any of several plants of the genus Saponaria (about 40 species), in the pink family (Caryophyllaceae). While most are weedy, a few are cultivated, especially the trailing species S. ocymoides, with several varieties having pink to deep-red flower clusters. Bouncing Bet (S. officinalis),

  • Soares, Bernardo (Portuguese poet)

    Fernando Pessoa, one of the greatest Portuguese poets, whose Modernist work gave Portuguese literature European significance. From the age of seven Pessoa lived in Durban, S.Af., where his stepfather was Portuguese consul. He became a fluent reader and writer of English. With the hope of becoming a

  • Soares, Mário (president of Portugal)

    Mário Soares, Portuguese politician and lawyer who in 1986 became Portugal’s first elected civilian head of state in 60 years; he held the post until 1996. His father, Jo?o Lopes Soares, was a liberal republican who was often jailed or exiled during the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar.

  • Soares, Mário Alberto Nobre Lopes (president of Portugal)

    Mário Soares, Portuguese politician and lawyer who in 1986 became Portugal’s first elected civilian head of state in 60 years; he held the post until 1996. His father, Jo?o Lopes Soares, was a liberal republican who was often jailed or exiled during the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar.

  • soaring (sport)

    Gliding, flight in an unpowered heavier-than-air craft. Any engineless aircraft, from the simplest hang glider to a space shuttle on its return flight to the Earth, is a glider. The glider is powered by gravity, which means that it is always sinking through the air. However, when an efficient

  • soaring (bird flight)

    locomotion: Soaring: Gravitational gliding is one of the basic mechanisms of soaring, which is restricted to birds, although birds must obtain their initial elevation by means of flapping flight. The second basic mechanism of soaring involves wind or air currents. Soaring requires that air currents meet…

  • Soave, Francesco (Italian author)

    children's literature: Criteria: Francesco Soave’s moralistic “Short Stories,” and largely because that literature continued to be composed largely by nonprofessionals, its record has been lacklustre. It took more than a century after the Rev. Francesco to produce a Pinocchio. And only in the 20th century, as typified by…

  • Soay sheep (mammal)

    Mouflon, (Ovis aries), small feral sheep (family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla) of Corsica and Sardinia (O. a. musimon) and of Cyprus (O. a. ophion). The mouflon stands about 70 cm (28 inches) at the shoulder and is brown with white underparts. The male has a light, saddle-shaped mark on its back and

  • soba-yōnin (Japanese official)

    Japan: Political reform in the bakufu and the han: Chamberlains (soba-yōnin) who handled communications with the senior councillors (rōjū), gained strong powers of authority as his spokesmen when they won the shogun’s confidence. One such man was Tanuma Okitsugu, who rose from chamberlain to be senior councillor under Ieshige’s son, Ieharu, the 10th shogun. Tanuma…

  • Sobachye serdtse (novel by Bulgakov)

    The Heart of a Dog, dystopian novelette by Mikhail Bulgakov, written in Russian in 1925 as Sobachye serdtse. It was published posthumously in the West in 1968, both in Russian and in translation, and in the Soviet Union in 1987. The book is a satirical examination of one of the goals of the October

  • Sobaek Mountains (mountains, Korea)

    Sobaek Mountains, largest range of mountains in southern South Korea. The range, 220 mi (350 km) long, stretches southwest from north of T’aebaek Mountain (5,121 ft [1,561 m]) in Kangw?n Province to the Koh?ng Peninsula near Y?su. Its high mountains, Sobaek (4,760 ft), Munju (2,437 ft), Songni

  • Sobaek-Sanmaek (mountains, Korea)

    Sobaek Mountains, largest range of mountains in southern South Korea. The range, 220 mi (350 km) long, stretches southwest from north of T’aebaek Mountain (5,121 ft [1,561 m]) in Kangw?n Province to the Koh?ng Peninsula near Y?su. Its high mountains, Sobaek (4,760 ft), Munju (2,437 ft), Songni

  • Sobat River (river, Africa)

    Sobat River, major tributary of the Nile, joining the Ba?r al-Jabal (Mountain Nile) above Malakal, South Sudan, to form the White Nile. The Sobat is formed by the confluence of its two main headstreams—the Baro and the Pibor—on the Ethiopian border, southeast of Nā?ir, South Sudan. Other Ethiopian

  • Sobata pottery

    comb pottery: …the emergence of the so-called Sobata pottery, a fusion of comb and the local Jōmon pottery.

  • Sobchak, Anatoly Aleksandrovich (Russian politician)

    Anatoly Aleksandrovich Sobchak, Russian politician and legal scholar (born Aug. 10, 1937, Leningrad, Russian S.F.S.R., U.S.S.R. [now St. Petersburg, Russia]—died Feb. 20, 2000, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad oblast, Russia), as mayor of Leningrad, the country’s second largest city, was a leading p

  • Sobek (Egyptian god)

    Sebek, in ancient Egyptian religion, crocodile god whose chief sanctuary in Fayyūm province included a live sacred crocodile, Petsuchos (Greek: “He Who Belongs to Suchos”), in whom the god was believed to be incarnate. Sebek may have been an early fertility god or associated with death and burial

  • Sobek, Joseph George (American sportsman)

    Joseph George Sobek, American sportsman who, unhappy with the indoor racquet sports then available, invented racquetball in 1950; by the late 1990s there were 8.5 million racquetball players in 91 countries (b. April 5, 1918, Greenwich, Conn.--d. March 27, 1998,

  • Sobekneferu (queen of Egypt)

    Sebeknefru, queen who ruled as king of ancient Egypt (c. 1760–c. 1756 bce); she was the last ruler of the 12th dynasty (1938–c. 1756 bce). The end of the long reign of Sebeknefru’s father, Amenemhet III, brought her half brother to the throne late in life. When her brother died, the absence of a

  • Sobell Pavillion (building, London, United Kingdom)

    London Zoo: …1972 the zoo added the Sobell Pavilion for apes and monkeys; the structure also houses the zoo’s giant pandas and the Zoo Studies Centre. A summer children’s zoo, originally established in 1938, was reopened in 1994.

  • Sobell, Morton (spy)

    Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg: Another conspirator, Morton Sobell, a college classmate of Julius Rosenberg, fled to Mexico but was extradited.

  • Sobelsohn, Karl (Soviet official)

    Karl Radek, communist propagandist and early leader of the Communist International (Comintern) who fell victim to Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge of the 1930s. A member of a Galician Jewish family, Radek attended the universities of Kraków and Bern. Having joined the Social Democratic Party of Poland

  • Sobers, Gary (West Indian cricketer)

    Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indian cricketer, considered by many authorities the most gifted all-around player of all time. As a batsman, he established a record for Test (international) matches by scoring 365 runs, not out, in a single innings (West Indies versus Pakistan, 1957–58 season), a record

  • Sobers, Sir Garfield (West Indian cricketer)

    Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indian cricketer, considered by many authorities the most gifted all-around player of all time. As a batsman, he established a record for Test (international) matches by scoring 365 runs, not out, in a single innings (West Indies versus Pakistan, 1957–58 season), a record

  • Sobers, Sir Garfield St. Aubrun (West Indian cricketer)

    Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indian cricketer, considered by many authorities the most gifted all-around player of all time. As a batsman, he established a record for Test (international) matches by scoring 365 runs, not out, in a single innings (West Indies versus Pakistan, 1957–58 season), a record

  • ?ob?-e Azal, Mīrzā Ya?yā (Iranian religious leader)

    Mīrzā Ya?yā ?ob?-e Azal, half brother of Bahā? Ullāh (the founder of the Bahā?ī faith) and leader of his own Bābist movement in the mid-19th century Ottoman Empire. Ya?yā was the designated successor of Sayyid Alī Mu?ammad, a Shī?ī sectarian leader known as the Bāb (Arabic: “gate,” referring to one

  • Sobhi Abu Sitta (Egyptian militant)

    Muhammad Atef, (Sobhi Abu Sitta), Egyptian-born Islamist militant (born 1944?, Egypt—died Nov. 14/15, 2001, near Kabul, Afg.), was believed to have been a close associate of Osama bin Laden (in early 2001 his daughter married Bin Laden’s son) and chief military strategist for the Islamic t

  • Sobhuza I (king of Eswatini)

    Sobhuza I, Southern African king (reigned from about 1815) who developed the chieftaincy that under his son, Mswati II, was to become the Swazi nation (now Swaziland). Sobhuza was the son of the Ngwane chief Ndvungunye (of the Dlamini clan), whose chieftaincy was situated somewhere near the Pongola

  • Sobhuza II (king of Eswatini)

    Sobhuza II, king of the Swazi from 1921 and of the Kingdom of Swaziland from 1967 to 1982. His father, King Ngwane V, died when Sobhuza was an infant, and a queen regent ruled during his minority, while he was being educated in Swaziland and at the Lovedale Institute in Cape province, S.Af. He f

  • Sobibór (Nazi extermination camp, Poland)

    Sobibor, Nazi German extermination camp located in a forest near the village of Sobibór in the present-day Polish province of Lublin. Built in March 1942, it operated from May 1942 until October 1943, and its gas chambers killed a total of about 250,000 Jews, mostly from Poland and occupied areas

  • Sobibor (Nazi extermination camp, Poland)

    Sobibor, Nazi German extermination camp located in a forest near the village of Sobibór in the present-day Polish province of Lublin. Built in March 1942, it operated from May 1942 until October 1943, and its gas chambers killed a total of about 250,000 Jews, mostly from Poland and occupied areas

  • Sobieski, Jan (king of Poland)

    John III Sobieski, elective king of Poland (1674–96), a soldier who drove back the Ottoman Turks and briefly restored the kingdom of Poland-Lithuania to greatness for the last time. Sobieski’s ancestors were of the lesser nobility, but one of his great-grandfathers was the famous grand-hetman

  • Sobk (Egyptian god)

    Sebek, in ancient Egyptian religion, crocodile god whose chief sanctuary in Fayyūm province included a live sacred crocodile, Petsuchos (Greek: “He Who Belongs to Suchos”), in whom the god was believed to be incarnate. Sebek may have been an early fertility god or associated with death and burial

  • Sobol, Donald J. (American author)

    Donald J. Sobol, American author (born Oct. 4, 1924, Bronx, N.Y.—died July 11, 2012, South Miami, Fla.), captivated millions of young readers with his Encyclopedia Brown mystery series, in which the 10-year-old detective Leroy (“Encyclopedia”) Brown, aided by his pal Sally Kimball, applies his

  • sobornost (religious concept)

    Slavophile: …theology (with Khomyakov’s theory of sobornost, a spiritual unity and religious community based on a free commitment to Orthodoxy), Russian history, and folklore.

  • Sobrados e mucambos (work by Freyre)

    Gilberto de Mello Freyre: The Mansions and the Shanties), Brazil: An Interpretation (1945; rev. and enlarged as New World in the Tropics, 1980), Nordeste (1937; “The Northeast”), and Ordem e progresso (1959; Order and Progress). Sobrados e mucambos traces the processes of urbanization and the decline of the rural…

  • Sobral (Brazil)

    Sobral, city, northwestern Ceará estado (state), northeastern Brazil, on the Acaraú River. It was given town rank in 1773 and raised to city status in 1841. The city is a commercial, cotton-milling, and agricultural-processing centre; fishing also is important. Railroads and highways link Sobral to

  • Sobral, Ant?nio Gonzalves (Brazilian singer)

    Nelson Gonzalves, Brazilian crooner who recorded over 1,000 romantic songs during a career that lasted 56 years (b. June 1919, Rio Grande do Sul state, Braz.--d. April 18, 1998, Rio de Janeiro,

  • sobraniye (meeting)

    Dukhobor: …the only ceremony being the sobraniye (“meeting”), at which prayers were chanted around a table laid with bread, salt, and water. Their egalitarian and pacifist beliefs, together with their proselytizing activities and refusal to accept conscription, provoked sporadic persecutions from 1773 onward. They were several times deported and resettled in…

  • Sobraon, Battle of (Indian history)

    Battle of Sobraon, (February 10, 1846), the fourth, last, and decisive battle of the First Sikh War (1845–46). The Sikhs were entrenched on the eastern British-held bank of the Sutlej River, their retreat secured by a bridge of boats. After an intense artillery duel, the Sikh entrenchments were

  • Sobre a mortalidade da alma (work by Acosta)

    Judaism: Uriel Acosta: …attested by his Portuguese treatise Sobre a mortalidade da alma (“On the Mortality of the Soul”). He held that the belief in the immortality of the soul has many evil effects and that it impels people to choose an ascetic way of life and even to seek death. According to…

  • Sobre cultura femenina (work by Castellanos)

    Rosario Castellanos: Her 1950 master’s thesis, Sobre cultura femenina (“On Feminine Culture”), became a turning point for modern Mexican women writers, who found in it a profound call to self-awareness.

  • Sobre el influjo que ha tenido la crítica moderna en la decadencia del teatro antiguo espa?ol (work by Durán)

    Agustín Durán: …criticism was his academy speech, Sobre el influjo que ha tenido la crítica moderna en la decadencia del teatro antiguo espa?ol (1828; “On the Influence That Modern Criticism Has Had on the Decadence of the Old Spanish Theatre”), which proposed that Spanish medieval and classical drama was more poetic than…

  • Sobre héroes y tumbas (work by Sábato)

    Ernesto Sábato: …Sobre héroes y tumbas (1961; On Heroes and Tombs), is a penetrating psychological study of man, interwoven with philosophical ideas and observations previously treated in his essays. Tres aproximaciones a la literatura de nuestro tiempo (1968; “Three Approximations to the Literature of Our Time”) are critical literary essays that deal…

  • Sobrero, Ascanio (Italian chemist)

    nitroglycerin: …1846 by the Italian chemist Ascanio Sobrero by adding glycerol to a mixture of concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids. The hazards involved in preparing large quantities of nitroglycerin have been greatly reduced by widespread adoption of continuous nitration processes.

  • sobresaliente (bullfighting)

    bullfighting: Performers: …and matadors (both are called sobresalientes) are at the ready. Prior to 1974 in Spain, when female bullfighters were not allowed to dismount and kill the bull on foot, a sobresaliente would be called in at the end of the fight to finish off the bull, much to the disappointment…

  • Sobukwe, Robert (South African black nationalist leader)

    Robert Sobukwe, South African black nationalist leader. Sobukwe insisted that South Africa be returned to its indigenous inhabitants (“Africa for the Africans”). Charging the African National Congress with being contaminated by non-African influences, he founded the Pan-Africanist Congress in 1959

  • Sobukwe, Robert Mangaliso (South African black nationalist leader)

    Robert Sobukwe, South African black nationalist leader. Sobukwe insisted that South Africa be returned to its indigenous inhabitants (“Africa for the Africans”). Charging the African National Congress with being contaminated by non-African influences, he founded the Pan-Africanist Congress in 1959

  • soca (music)

    Soca, Trinidadian popular music that developed in the 1970s and is closely related to calypso. Used for dancing at Carnival and at fetes, soca emphasizes rhythmic energy and studio production—including synthesized sounds and electronically mixed ensemble effects—over storytelling, a quality more

  • So?a (river, Europe)

    Battle of Caporetto: …an Austro-German offensive on the Isonzo front in northeastern Italy, where the Italian and Austrian forces had been stalemated for two and a half years. In the wake of the successful Austrian and German advance, more than 600,000 war-weary and demoralized Italian soldiers either deserted or surrendered.

  • socage (law)

    Socage, in feudal English property law, form of land tenure in which the tenant lived on his lord’s land and in return rendered to the lord a certain agricultural service or money rent. At the death of a tenant in socage (or socager), the land went to his heir after a payment to the lord of a sum

  • Socal (American corporation)

    Chevron Corporation, U.S. petroleum corporation that was founded through the 1906 merger of Pacific Oil Company and Standard Oil Company of Iowa. One of the largest oil companies in the world, it acquired Gulf Oil Corporation in 1984, Texaco Inc. in 2001, and Unocal Corporation in 2005. Chevron

  • Socata (French company)

    history of flight: General aviation: …de Tourisme et d’Affaires, or Socata. The new company continued to build the proven Rallye, a trim two-passenger monoplane, but achieved notable success with its own range of larger, more powerful single-engine business planes with retractable gear. By the 1990s, the performance and reliability of the Socata Tobago and Trinidad…

  • socca (food)

    chickpea: Uses: …make a flatbread known as socca or mixed with wheat or other flours for baking.

  • soccer (soccer)

    Football, game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, try to maneuver the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only the goalkeeper is permitted to handle the ball and may do so only within the penalty area surrounding the goal. The team that

  • soccer ball (sports equipment)

    football: Equipment and field of play: The ball is round, covered with leather or some other suitable material, and inflated; it must be 27–27.5 inches (68–70 cm) in circumference and 14.5–16 ounces (410–450 grams) in weight. A game lasts 90 minutes and is divided into halves; the halftime interval lasts 15 minutes,…

  • soccer field (sports field)

    football: Equipment and field of play: The playing field (pitch) should be 100–130 yards (90–120 metres) long and 50–100 yards (45–90 metres) wide; for international matches, it must be 110–120 yards long and 70–80 yards wide. Women, children, and mature players may play a shorter game on a smaller field. The game is controlled…

  • Soccer War (Honduras-El Salvador)

    El Salvador: Military dictatorships: …be known as the “Soccer War” with Honduras. This conflict broke out shortly after the two countries had played three bitterly contested matches in the World Cup competition, but the real causes for the war lay elsewhere.

  • socci (footwear)

    Soccus, soft light low-heeled sock shoe worn in ancient Greece and Rome. The actors in Roman comedies, specifically those of Plautus and Terence, were costumed in ordinary clothes and wore (if they did not go barefoot) the socci. Indoors, Roman women often wore socci, made in a variety of colours

  • soccus (footwear)

    Soccus, soft light low-heeled sock shoe worn in ancient Greece and Rome. The actors in Roman comedies, specifically those of Plautus and Terence, were costumed in ordinary clothes and wore (if they did not go barefoot) the socci. Indoors, Roman women often wore socci, made in a variety of colours

  • Socé, Ousmane (Senegalese writer and politician)

    Ousmane Socé, Senegalese writer and politician who was one of the first novelists of his country. After attending Qur?ānic school Socé entered the colonial school system and became one of the first African students to obtain a scholarship to study at a French university. While studying veterinary

  • Socé, Ousmane Diop (Senegalese writer and politician)

    Ousmane Socé, Senegalese writer and politician who was one of the first novelists of his country. After attending Qur?ānic school Socé entered the colonial school system and became one of the first African students to obtain a scholarship to study at a French university. While studying veterinary

  • Soch’i (Korean painter and calligrapher)

    H? Ry?n, well-known Korean painter and calligrapher. Immensely popular in his time, H? resisted the nationalizing tendency in Korean art, returning instead to the traditional Chinese academic style. His paintings of flowers and trees have special force and rhythm but are unrelated to their Korean

  • Sochi (Russia)

    Sochi, city and resort area of Krasnodar kray (territory), southwestern Russia. The city stretches along the Black Sea coast at the foot of the western part of the main Caucasus mountain range. Sochi was established in 1896 on the site of the former Navaginskoye fort and began developing as a

  • Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

    Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, athletic festival held in Sochi, Russia, that took place February 7–23, 2014. The Sochi Games were the 22nd occurrence of the Olympic Winter Games. The Sochi Games marked the first time that the Winter Olympics were held in Russia. The country had previously been

  • Sōchō (Japanese poet)

    Sōchō, Japanese renga (“linked-verse”) poet and chronicler of the late Muromachi period (1338–1573) who, along with two other renga poets, wrote Minase sangin hyakuin (1488; Minase Sangin Hyakuin: A Poem of One Hundred Links Composed by Three Poets at Minase). Little is known of Sōchō’s early

  • So?i (Russia)

    Sochi, city and resort area of Krasnodar kray (territory), southwestern Russia. The city stretches along the Black Sea coast at the foot of the western part of the main Caucasus mountain range. Sochi was established in 1896 on the site of the former Navaginskoye fort and began developing as a

  • social action, theory of (sociology)

    Talcott Parsons: …a common systematic theory of social action based on a voluntaristic principle—i.e., the choices between alternative values and actions must be at least partially free. Parsons defined the locus of sociological theory as residing not in the internal field of personality, as postulated by Sigmund Freud and Weber, but in…

  • Social and Liberal Democratic Party (political party, United Kingdom)

    Liberal Democrats, British political party founded in 1988 through a merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). In the middle ground between the dominant Labour Party and Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats occupy a centre-left libertarian position. The Liberals became

  • Social and Religious History of the Jews, A (work by Baron)

    Salo Wittmayer Baron: …compiling the multivolume magnum opus A Social and Religious History of the Jews (1937), originally published in three volumes but later revised and expanded into 18 volumes.

  • social anthropology

    anthropology: Social anthropology: The term social anthropology emerged in Britain in the early years of the 20th century and was used to describe a distinctive style of anthropology—comparative, fieldwork-based, and with strong intellectual links to the sociological ideas of émile Durkheim and the group of French…

  • social anxiety disorder (psychology)

    Social anxiety disorder (SAD), a type of anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of interacting with people, due to worries over the possibility of being negatively scrutinized and judged by them. Social anxiety disorder (SAD) was once referred to as social phobia; however, the label of “phobia,”

  • social bee (insect)

    bee: Social bees, such as the bumblebee and the honeybee, feed their young progressively. For the life cycle of social bees, see bumblebee; honeybee.

  • social behaviour, animal

    Animal social behaviour, the suite of interactions that occur between two or more individual animals, usually of the same species, when they form simple aggregations, cooperate in sexual or parental behaviour, engage in disputes over territory and access to mates, or simply communicate across

  • social behaviour, human

    mental disorder: Antisocial personality disorder: …of chronic and continuous antisocial behaviour that involves violating the rights of others. Job performance is poor or nonexistent. The disorder is associated with actions such as persistent criminality, sexual promiscuity or aggressive sexual behaviour, and drug use. There is evidence of conduct disorder in childhood and antisocial behaviour in…

  • Social Biology, Society for the Study of (American organization)

    eugenics: Eugenics organizations and legislation: …the United States by the American Eugenics Society.

  • Social Cancer, The (work by Rizal)

    The Social Cancer, novel by Filipino political activist and author José Rizal, published in 1887. The book, written in Spanish, is a sweeping and passionate unmasking of the brutality and corruption of Spanish rule in the Philippines (1565–1898). The story begins at a party to welcome Crisóstomo

  • social capital

    Social capital, concept in social science that involves the potential of individuals to secure benefits and invent solutions to problems through membership in social networks. Social capital revolves around three dimensions: interconnected networks of relationships between individuals and groups

  • social caste (social differentiation)

    Caste, any of the ranked, hereditary, endogamous social groups, often linked with occupation, that together constitute traditional societies in South Asia, particularly among Hindus in India. Although sometimes used to designate similar groups in other societies, the “caste system” is uniquely

  • social change (sociology)

    Social change, in sociology, the alteration of mechanisms within the social structure, characterized by changes in cultural symbols, rules of behaviour, social organizations, or value systems. Throughout the historical development of their discipline, sociologists have borrowed models of social

  • social change belief system (social psychology)

    social identity theory: Strategies for status improvement: …belief system, known as the social change belief system, holds that changes in social relations depend on groups modifying their positions relative to each other. Status security depends on the perceived stability and legitimacy of existing status differences between groups. Stability and legitimacy tend to mutually influence each other: when…

  • Social Choice and Individual Values (work by Arrow)

    impossibility theorem: It was first formulated in Social Choice and Individual Values (1951) by Kenneth J. Arrow, who was awarded (with Sir John R. Hicks) the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1972 partially in recognition of his work on the theorem. As a central element of rational choice theory, which attempts to…

  • social choice theory (political science and economics)

    Rational choice theory, school of thought based on the assumption that individuals choose a course of action that is most in line with their personal preferences. Rational choice theory is used to model human decision making, especially in the context of microeconomics, where it helps economists

  • Social Christian Party (political party, Venezuela)

    Luis Herrera Campíns: …party, also known as the Christian Democrats, became the second largest political party in Venezuela (after the Democratic Action party) in the decades after World War II. In 1952 Herrera Campíns was arrested and sent into exile as a result of his activities against the dictatorial regime of President Marcos…

  • Social Christian Party (political party, Belgium)

    Henri, Count Carton de Wiart: …the Catholic Party as the Social Christian Party. Serving as minister without portfolio (1949–50) and minister of justice (1950), he devoted much effort to an unsuccessful attempt to return the exiled Belgian king Leopold III to power.

  • Social Christian Unity Party (political party, Costa Rica)

    Costa Rica: Political process: …often than not, and the Social Christian Unity Party (Partido Unidad Social Cristiana; PUSC). The former, founded by the moderate socialist José Figueres Ferrer in 1948, was largely responsible for establishing the health, education, and welfare reforms for which Costa Rica is noted. The PUSC, a four-party coalition formed in…

  • social class (social differentiation)

    Social class, a group of people within a society who possess the same socioeconomic status. Besides being important in social theory, the concept of class as a collection of individuals sharing similar economic circumstances has been widely used in censuses and in studies of social mobility. The

  • social cognitive neuroscience

    psychology: Social cognitive neuroscience: The advances described above led to the development in the early years of the 21st century of a new, highly popular field: social cognitive neuroscience (SCN). This interdisciplinary field asks questions about topics traditionally of interest to social psychologists, such as person…

  • social cognitive theory (psychology)

    Albert Bandura: Later life and work: …and through social modeling—thereby originating social cognitive theory (1986), which holds that a person’s environment, cognition, and behaviour all interact to determine how that person functions, as opposed to one of those factors playing a dominant role.

  • social comparison theory (psychology)

    Leon Festinger: Social comparison theory: After Lewin’s death in 1947, the Research Center for Group Dynamics, with most of its remaining faculty, moved to the University of Michigan. In 1951 Festinger moved to a tenure-track position at the University of Minnesota, where Schachter was already on the…

  • Social Conquest of Earth, The (work by Wilson)

    Edward O. Wilson: …papers and, at length, in The Social Conquest of Earth (2012). He argued that the evolution of eusociality occurred at the level of the group—regardless of genetic relation—prior to occurring at the kinship and individual levels. By his reasoning, the emergence of eusocial animals such as ants (and, arguably, humans)…

  • social constructivism

    ethnic conflict: Theories of ethnic identity: …school of thought, known as social constructivism, focus on the social nature of ethnic identity. In their view, ethnicity is neither fixed nor entirely open. Ethnic identity is created by social interactions between individuals and groups and remains therefore beyond a person’s choice, but it is subject to change if…

  • social contract (political philosophy)

    Social contract, in political philosophy, an actual or hypothetical compact, or agreement, between the ruled and their rulers, defining the rights and duties of each. In primeval times, according to the theory, individuals were born into an anarchic state of nature, which was happy or unhappy

  • Social Contract, The (work by Rousseau)

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Major works of political philosophy: …book, Du Contrat social (1762; The Social Contract), to suggest how they might recover their liberty in the future. Again Geneva was the model: not Geneva as it had become in 1754 when Rousseau returned there to recover his rights as a citizen, but Geneva as it had once been—i.e.,…

  • Social Control (work by Ross)

    Edward A. Ross: His best-known work, Social Control (1901), on the reasons for and the means of societal limitation of the individual, was long regarded as a classic. Another widely read book by Ross was Social Psychology (1908), one of the first American works written specifically on that discipline. Sin and…

  • social control

    paternalism: …between individual liberty and authoritative social control. Questions concerning paternalism also may include both the claims of individual rights and social protections and the legal and socially legitimated means of satisfying those claims. The discursive use of the term paternalism is almost exclusively negative, employed to diminish specific policies or…

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