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Encyclopedia > Social institution

A social institution is any institution in a socity that works to socialize the groups or people in it. Common examples include universities, governments, families, and any people or groups that you have social interactions with. Institutions are organizations, or mechanisms of social structure, governing the behavior of two or more individuals. ... In psychology, socialization is the process by which children and others adopt the behavior patterns of the culture that surrounds them. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... A government is an organization that has the power to make and enforce laws for a certain territory. ... This article is about the domestic group. ...


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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Social institution (327 words)
Social organisation or social institution is a group of social positions, connected by social relations, perfoming a social role.
Institutions are identified with a social purpose and permanence, transcending individual human lives and intentions, and with the making and enforcing of rules governing human behavior.
While institutions tend to appear to people in society as part of the natural, unchanging landscape of their lives, study of institutions by the social sciences tends to reveal the nature of institutions as social constructions, artifacts of a particular time, culture and society, produced by human choice, though not directly by individual intention.
Social organisation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (288 words)
Social organisation or social institution is a group of social positions, connected by social relations, perfoming a social role.
The term institution is in sociology sometimes used interchangeably with the term organisation, as when referring to a formal organisation like a hospital or a prison.
For example, for family context the corresponding social organisation is of course the family.
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