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Unformatted text preview: Sociology 1 Lecture #14 26/02/2008 14:28:00 ← Important Terms • Social Institution: Set of rules and practices that govern how we distribute services and allocate resources to meet basic needs • Social Intuitions are an important element of social structures: the schemas (rules/culture) that govern our lives, and the resources (human/material) that give power to them • The family is a social institution—organized patters on beliefs and behavior that are centered on basic social needs ← Functionalist View of Social Institutions • To survive, any society or relatively permanent group must accomplish five major tasks o Replace Personnel (Reproduction, immigration, expansion/conquering of territory, taking slaves) o Teach new recruits (family involved socializing children) o Produce and distribute goods and services (food preparation) o Preserve order (Learn basic behavior, teaches sexual behavior o Provide and maintain a sense of purpose • If a society fails on even one condition, it runs the risk of extinction ← Conflict View of Social Institutions • Major institutions, such as education, help to maintain the privileges of the...
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