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The Social Mitosis

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(socialmitosis)

 
Human society is like a living organism. From a single cell, the structure of society divides and multiplies as it becomes a multi-celled creature. Its structure is defined in terms of a set of institutions having specialized functions. Modern societies are structurally more complex and pluralistic than primitive ones. There is a division of power between the major institutions. We call this a process of "social mitosis".

This process of institutional development correlates with the scheme of historical epoch. In each epoch, a different institution becomes developed. The creative energy involved in this process allows the institution to dominate the society and its culture during that period of time.

We illustrate this process in a diagram that shows the emergence of each institution. www.diagram.html - 5 foreign languages

A narrative of the process appears in the explanatory notes accompanying the diagram. (826 words) www.diagram2.html - 5 foreign languages

See also this summary:

Name of Civilization   Emerging institution

Civilization I                        government

Civilization II                       religion

Civilization III                      commerce and education

Civilization IV                      entertainment

Civilization V                        the Internet?

 


                                                          

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