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Sociology 1 Lecture14

Sociology 1 Lecture14 - Sociology 1 Lecture#14 12:28:00 PM...

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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
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