An individual, or a group or community, considered as a discrete constituent of a society or larger group.
- Particularly in the countryside, the extended family is the primary social unit, as kin groups live together in relative isolation from other groups.
- The nuclear family is the basic social unit of Egyptian society.
- In traditional society, family stability is considered key for maintaining the stability of society as a whole, since the family is the smallest social unit of the society.
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