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.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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But modern society has no "common centre of mutual good offices," and it is horribly misguided to aim to recreate the encompassing sentiment of the small, closed, simple society. The modern world is here, a morally confusing society, with interpretation busted wide open.
We are a simple society that lives on an economic principle of self-sufficiency promoted by the late King.
Though it was "a simple society" without direct formal political, legal, and social structures, the latter structures were present indirectly.
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.
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.
It also assumes a small, simple society in which there is virtually no division of labor - in short, precisely the sort of society that is unlikely to generate policy problems, let alone wicked policy problems.