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I've recently asked a question about society, and found myself confused about the necessity of having tags for both and .

Is there a need for both, or should they be merged/synonimized?

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  • $\begingroup$ I think society is more broad than culture. It is possible to have multiple cultures in the same society. $\endgroup$ – Vincent Oct 26 '14 at 21:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent I was looking for something like that....if you want to write that up as answer that would be great! $\endgroup$ – Shokhet Oct 26 '14 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ 12 questions with both tags, 46 society only, 17 culture only, for reference $\endgroup$ – Mourdos Nov 25 '14 at 14:31
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Speaking from an academic perspective, these two words have totally different meanings. Society refers more to social structures and organization, while culture is shared history and identity. Culture would impact the form of a society, but the two terms are in no way synonyms.

For example, if you wanted to ask about class structure, society would fit, while culture would likely be inappropriate unless the form of the class structure was highly impacted by some specific tradition (such as caste systems). Similarly, asking about the development of an art tradition would fall under culture and likely not society. The main difference is that culture has an element of identity, while society is collective and systematic.

I think the confusion might be from the generality of the current definition of the society tag. It's accurate, but rather broad and lacking any examples. The tricky bit is that the terms overlap fairly heavily in meaning, but not in usage.

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  • $\begingroup$ It would probably be worth including parts of this description in the tags... $\endgroup$ – James Jan 21 '15 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ I just submitted changes to both tags to reflect better what I said. $\endgroup$ – user5083 Jan 26 '15 at 2:23

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