simple society

simple society

the least internally differentiated, and earliest, form(s) of human societies. Along with PRIMITIVE SOCIETY, one of a number of terms used to refer to such societies, and less pejorative than alternatives, its use reflects an evolutionary view of human societies. The contrast drawn is with more internally differentiated, complex societies, and within such a perspective social development may be seen as progressing from simple to complex forms (e.g. Sahlins, 1971). In some respects, however, the term simple society is undoubtedly a misnomer, as can be seen for example in the frequently complex patterns of KINSHIP within these societies.
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We are a simple society that lives on an economic principle of self-sufficiency promoted by the late King.
This is a wrong view, and I think that yemeni women are better aware of their interest than others; further I regret to say that what you announce and advertise for is a western propaganda to corrupt our simple society, as it were.
Segal argued that individual efforts alone could not create a society of graceful simplicity, and suggested public policies to achieve his utopian vision of a simple society.
John Watkins, executive director, The Simple Society, Nashua, New Hampshire:
The simple society of small producers was doomed to destruction.
In a wide-open, simple society, everyone supposedly had a place.