Social Processes Meaning and Types Associative & Disassociative

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:55 -- Umar Farooq

What Does Social Process Mean

According to Maciver and Page a process means "continuous change taking place in a definite manner through the operation of forces presents from the first within the situation”. It is also called the processes of social interaction. Social processes are the products of social interaction which can be classified into two types associative and disassociate social process

Associative social process involve

  1. Cooperation
  2. Accommodation
  3. Assimilation
  4. Acculturation
  5. Amalgamation

Disassociative Social Process involve

  1. Competition and
  2. Conflict

All the social processes are the product of social interaction. Human life is full of social process like cooperation, competition and conflict. As the interaction pattern changes the process also change simultaneously. These processes can be called patterns of social interaction. The processes of social interaction is either associative or disassociative.

Associative processes are those patterns in which people help one another. They share in one or more aspects of social life. The dissociative processes make the people apart from one another. They differ in one or more aspects of social life. Below are some important definitions.

  1. Horton and Hunt “The social process refers to the repetitive forms of behavior which are commonly found in social life”.
  2. According to Moris Ginsberg social processes mean the various modes of interaction between individuals or groups including cooperation and conflict, social differentiation and integration, development, arrest and decay”.
  3. F.E. Merill says “It refers to the recurrent forms that social interaction takes. He further said the social processes involve forms of social interaction that occur again and again in the group”.