Is there a (technical) term that can summarize "society" practical and in theory? Like when I say a country has its politics, education system and ... "society issues"?

Asked differently: is there a generic term for social questions like emancipation (women's lib) etc.? Sure this example can be political and educational but I'm looking for something just not political or educational.

Edit: Also I'd prefer if the term would sound educated, not too plain.

Thanks for any help!

(I'm not native English and my English is around superficial, sorry :)

  • do you mean "temporal" issues? ("relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular.")
    – Fattie
    Oct 29, 2014 at 13:39
  • @JoeBlow With this Q I'm relating to the history of a country so I would go for secular. Is "spiritual affairs" a suggestion to paraphrase what I'm asking about?
    – Bitterblue
    Oct 29, 2014 at 14:02
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    In OP's context I'd just go with and other sociologiocal issues. Most such issues (religion, equality, sexual standards, racial integration, etc.) are intimately interleaved with political and educational processes. Why would we expect a special word for all aspects of social organisation that aren't very closely related to either of those two? Offhand I can think of popular entertainment as being a big chunk, but even that is only a small part of the (ill-defined, and thus probably inherently nameless/unnameable) thing being envisaged here. Oct 29, 2014 at 14:34
  • Right. In a sense ... "Asked differently: is there a generic term for social questions like emancipation (women's lib) etc.?" the answer is simply political issues. What you're talking about is, simply, the "political issues" of the day.
    – Fattie
    Oct 29, 2014 at 14:49
  • "Society" it is, in a different (or broader) sense. Try society in the sentence and see how it sounds/ scans.
    – Kris
    Oct 29, 2014 at 15:09

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Societal may be the word you're looking for.

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