"Concerning the notions 'society' and 'social'" (by Asalkhan Boronoev
and Petr Smirnov) is devoted to
definitions of basic sociological concepts 'society' and 'social'. The paper reviews
briefly academic literature
stressing opposite formulations often contradicting formal logic. In authors' opinion
generic notion in defining 'society' and 'social' should be seen in activity-exchange
concept that links individuals into a sort of
wholeness to determine features and social essence of both termini. This is an arguable
confirmation for the
fact that society is not only a self-describing subject but also a self-preserving
one. Qualitative contrasts are
emphasized of activity-exchange from other kinds of interaction (emotional, communicative,
legal etc.) that
do shape other forms of social systems (community, association, state, population).
Building on these postulations, authors define the notion of 'society' stressing
generic notion and essence of the notion of 'social'.
Their point of view aims to embrace into notions of society and social concrete enough
ideas and unambiguously researched objects.