Meaning of AGGREGATE

Meaning of AGGREGATE:

The term has two meanings in Sociology. In the first sense it refers to a collection of people who happen to be together in one place at a given point of time. Whether it is people standing at a bus stand or people in a shopping mall, both are illustrations of an aggregate. Unlike in a group, the members of an aggregate are not organised nor do they have a sense of belonging. In another sense, an aggregate is a collection of individual attributes that helps in indicating a collective phenomenon for an entire population. For instance, an aggregate of murders committed in a society can be arrived at by consolidating information on the number of murders committed in a year.