If you think about two different societies such as England and France, for example, we can talk in very general terms about the basic structural similarities they share. For example, each society has developed a broadly similar:
|Political||Government, Civil Service, Police, Armed Forces|
|Family||The Family (both societies see natural parents and their children as the basis for family life).|
|Cultural||Education, Mass Media, Religion.|
Although, as you will no-doubt be aware, each society has built on these broad similarities in slightly different ways...