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Chris Giddings Sociology The Wildfox In today’s modern society, formal institutions are required to fight and control the cult of the individual. A formal institution can range from something as simple as a local sports team to the complex system that is our military. These establishments can serve many purposes, but their ultimate goal is to promote collective behavior and tame individualism. Due to the cult of the individual, we become ignorant of each other’s purpose in the system in which we live. The goal of these institutions is to expose this hidden interdependence, and to shed light on how we are all in fact dependant on one another. Institutions attempt to counter this issue by pursuing a manifest function. This function is the explicit purpose of an institution. When an institution fails to fulfill its manifest function, dysfunction occurs. In the example of a sports team, it’s manifest function would be to attract people interested in participating in a common pastime together. Inherently, this brings together a group of people that would otherwise have no connection. Dysfunction in this situation would be the group coming together and not playing the sport together. Although the demeanor of an institution is solely in pursuit of this manifest goal, extraneous results can and often occur. These results are labeled as latent functions. A latent function is an unanticipated side effect of an institution attempting to fulfill its manifest function. The outcomes of these functions are defined as positive or negative based on whether they promote collective behavior or not. In this essay, we will investigate the manifest and latent functions of a restaurant called The
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Wildfox. These concepts will be applied and expanded to narrow in on the specific role this institution plays in our society. There are several functions that The Wildfox elicits, but its manifest function defined by the conventions discussed before would be: To provide a social environment in which to serve prepared food and drink too the general public. The Wildfox is portrayed as an eclectic American kitchen. From a first glance, this would be appealing to many people knowing that the restaurant offers a variety of menu options. This in turn
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