Dynamics Of Social Institutions

Pub. Date: 2009
Print ISBN-13: 9788175332218
Subject: Social Science
Price: USD 40.00 USD 30

Each society has its own social institutions. These are not buildings or places, but structures of relationship, obligation, role and function. These are social concepts and practices, but also involve cognitive structures. Members of a society have a similar mental concept of right and wrong, order and relationships, and positive values. Those who do not honor these concepts are criminals, or at least antisocial. Social institutions have often been in existence for centuries and thus reflect the deeply enshrined normative value system of people. They can be reflected in the formal institutional framework of a society. Social institution refers to a group of social positions, connected by social relations, performing a social role. It can also be defined in a narrower sense as any institution in a society that works to socialize the groups or people in it. Social institutions comprise norms, values and attitudes. They often manifest themselves in traditions and cultural practices that are performed by the members of a society. Social institution can take many forms, depending on the social context. Our social, economic and political institutions are vital to democracy and fairness in society.