Legal Definition and Related Resources of Member

Meaning of Member

One of the persons constituting a family , a partnership, an association , a club, a court , a legislative assembly .

Member Alternative Definition

A limb of the body useful in self-defense. Membr m, est pars corporis habens destinatum operationem in corpore. Co. Litt. 126a. An individual who belongs to a firm, partnership, company, or corporation. One who belongs to a legislative body, or other branch of the government; as, a member of the house of representatives; a member of the court,

What does Member mean?

An eligible employee or an eligible dependent of an employee who has enrolled in the plan. Synonymous with enrollee and participant.

Synonyms of Member

(Constituent part), noun

  • article
  • branch
  • category
  • component
  • department
  • division
  • element
  • factor
  • feature
  • fraction
  • ingredient
  • integral part
  • item
  • link
  • part
  • piece
  • portion
  • section
  • segment
  • share
  • small part
  • subdivision
  • subordinate part
  • unit

(Individual in a group), noun

  • affiliate
  • associate
  • belonger
  • cardholder
  • committeeperson
  • comrade
  • confederate
  • constituent
  • cooperator
  • copartner
  • cosharer
  • enlistee
  • enrolled person
  • fellow
  • follower
  • guildsman
  • insider
  • participator
  • partner
  • patron
  • registered person
  • shareholder
  • sharer
  • stockholder
  • teammate

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Member in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Definition of Member

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Member: A central term in ethnomethodological theory and replaces terms like ‘status position’ or ‘role’ in structural theories. From a structural perspective an individual actor is examined according to their structural characteristics (gender, age, ethnicity, class) and is assumed to behave in accordance with these structural characteristics. The subjectivity of the actor is insignificant. Ethnomethodology on the other hand, attempts to highlight the subjectivity of the individual actor and thus needs to identify the person in a way that acknowledges their knowledge, competence, engagement, commitment, or ability to make sense. The term ‘member’ accomplishes this. Ethnomethodology also refers to membership categories (things like teacher, mother, employee) and identifies membership categorization devices and rules of application (things like the economy rule and the consistency rule) as a form of ethnomethodological analysis.

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Notes and References

  • Drislane, R., & Parkinson, G. (2016). (Concept of) Member. Online dictionary of the social sciences. Open University of Canada


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