segmental social structure

segmental social structure

DURKHEIM's characterization of’mechanical solidarity’ (see MECHANICAL AND ORGANIC SOLIDARITY) as a 'system of homogeneous segments that are similar to one another’, e.g. a system of broadly identical clans or territorial districts, and individuals within these systems who are equally little differentiated from each other. Compare SEGMENTARY SOCIETIES.
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