ONE- AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL MODELS OF THE DISTRIBUTION OF BELIEFS David Ostrander
Second, even the simplest of societies has a variety of social environments. Societies must adapt to a multitude of particular material and social conditions, thus producing a congeries of social environments, each of which may generate different symbolic associations. This makes classification of societies as wholes impractical. Social environments, in contrast, are at a second order of abstraction from the multi-dimensional impact of the outside world. They can be systematically classified by relatively few dimensions which define sociality itself.