chapter  10
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Explaining social changes

The social world is a world of social entities, having social properties and involved in social practices. Ordinary men and women inhabit the social world, but they do not constitute it. In Britain, for example, Parliament consists of the Crown, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Different individuals hold the offices of King or Queen, Lord and Member of Parliament, but the offices survive them all. The social institutions of a community provide a framework for social life which fixes relations between people to a large extent, enabling people to get along quite well together for the achievement of their various purposes.