The idea of subject refers to a grammatical function, a philosophical category or an individual that, in a certain context, has no name or identification. SocialMeanwhile, it is that related to society (a group of people who have the same culture and interact with each other).
The concept of social subject is linked to the characteristics of the human being. Each person is an individual, with unique characteristics and motivations. At the same time, all people need others to develop fully. This means, therefore, that the human being is a social subject.
The human being as a social subject
As a social subject, the human being requires the interaction and of the coexistence with other human beings to educate, develop and even reproduce. There is no human being who can live solely as individual, isolated from others. In fact, the human being acquires his human condition from his bond with others.
It can be said that, as a social subject, the human being defines himself from the environment. Not only do direct links with other people influence him, but so do institutions that are created by consensus (such as the law) determine their behavior.
Just as society influences the social subject, it influences society: the relationship that is established is reciprocal. The link between the social subject and society, on the other hand, is so close that it is difficult to establish a difference between the innate characteristics of the man and those that it acquires socially.
However, a clear exception is the figure of what is known as a hermit. This is an individual who, voluntarily motivated by various circumstances that he has had throughout his life, makes the decision to carry out an absolutely solitary existence, away from civilization and any human contact.
Talking about this figure is, on many occasions, referring to a person who seeks that loneliness with the clear objective of being able to maintain a closer “communication” with God. Hence, I choose to spend a lot of time praying, but also working, performing different types of penance and maintaining an absolutely austere life devoid of any kind of “luxury”.
If we start from this religious factor, we come across a long list of individuals who have become examples of hermits by faith, such as Macario the Elder, María of Egypt, Antonio Abad or San Millán.
However, there are many other people who decide to become hermits not for religious reasons but for other reasons. Specifically, among them are moving away from a consumerist society lacking in values that we like; to be able to enjoy the essence of life without artifice or material goods; discover themselves and know themselves in a deeper way, enjoy a peaceful and peaceful existence; give life a twist, with the clear purpose of finding a meaning in it or of being able to flee from the pain that it has brought with it …
The social subject according to sociology
In the field of sociology, the idea of social subject is used above all with reference to the individual who, aware of his reality, is grouped with other persons who have similar interests and problems and begin to act as a group to improve their position.
Social subjects, in this way, form a social collective (a political party, a civil association, etc.).