Time Bind - Time Bind 2/26 Institutions*Social Institutions...

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Time Bind 2/26 Institutions *Social Institutions - Institutions are structured mechanisms of social order governing social behavior - They are identified with a purpose and permanence transcending individuals’ lives and intentions and with the making and enforcing of rules and norms governing cooperative human behavior (Family, higher education, medicine, government) - They can take the form of particular formal organizations which are one of the principal objects of study in sociology. But whereas individuals can start an organization cannot start an institution. Institutions EMERGE If institutions “make and enforce rules and norms governing coop human behavior…” what about our narratives… do they fit in here? Some become institutionalized Religion, science Most important institutions considered abstractly have both OBJECTIVE (general unbiased view) and SUBJECTIVE (our personal experience) Marriage and family Institutions are not buildings, they are people doing action, you can see them. Primary socializing institutions 1. Family 2. Neighborhood 3. Religion 4. Social & Peer Groups 5. Day Care 6. Workplaces 7. Mass Media Social institutions are always morally animated enterprises. They are embedded within, and give expression to moral orders and their narratives that generate, define and govern them They reverse is true too: ideas are not free-floating entities but required institutions to sustain and promote them Institutions also by the very fact of their existence seek to control human behavior by setting up predefine patterns of conduct, which cannel it in one direction as against the many other directions that would theoretically be possible 2/28 Institutionalization The process of making something – for example a concept, social role, particular values and norms, or
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