Introduction to Sociology course – SOC 101

8. Groups

To which groups do you belong? How important are groups to you? Sociologists have long recognized that the theme of social relations entails more than the study of networks. The study of social relations also includes examination of group formation and intergroup relations. People belong to groups; they have group affiliations and identities. In this meeting, we will discuss the key sociological theories, concepts and findings on groups.


  • Introduction to Sociology, Chapter 8 (Groups)
  • Introduction to Sociology, Chapter 8: Online Appendix (Advanced reading)


I recorded short videos (3-7 min.), in which I explain several key concepts/topics/theories of each chapter of the textbook.

Ch. 8 Overview
Ch. 8.2Group segregation
Ch. 8.3The causes of group segregation
Ch. 8.6Group threat theory

Test your knowledge of Chapter 8

  • Take the Multiple Choice Quiz here.

What do you want to do next?

Read more! Good news. There are many interesting books and articles about the materials covered in this chapter. You can find suggestions for further reading here.

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