Is there a word for stories where the society is one of the main characters? Some specific genre of sci-fi maybe? Eg. Star Trek revolves around how The Federation works as much as any individual citizen, or Ian M. Banks books revolve around The Culture as a society as much as (or more so) than its loosely affiliated member Minds.

@lrhodes Ahh, thanks! That or "soft science fiction" (linked from that article) sound roughly like what I was trying to express to someone. I'll have to read up a bit more to know. Preferably I'd have a term that wasn't genre specific, but I'm sure it could be applied to other genres and people would know what you meant if they were already familiar with the term. thanks!

@sam Speculative Sociology? Ursula LeGuin fiction?

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