"It may fairly be said, therefore, that any {social arrangement} that remains vitally social, or vitally shared, is educative to those who participate in it." (Source: Democracy and Education by John Dewey)

What does the phrase social arrangement generally mean? Could you help me clarify it?


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I believe, in this context, the term means "the way things are arranged socially", or possibly societally. It is how a social structure, or a society, is arranged - or more precisely, some part of how it is arranged, or how some part of it is arranged.

It is arguing that any such arrangement that is vitally social/shared, must by that nature be educative (or educational). I'm not 100% on the use of vitally, this all seems a little old fashioned in word choice, but I suspect it might be read as essentially or at its core in this instance.

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