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Macro Sociology: Institutions Family, religion, and politics are examples of institutions (Henslin, 2004:83). Institutions (in Charon, 1986:229) are structures that define the right and correct ways of doing things in society. Institutions help establish and maintain social order . Social institutions shape our behavior (Henslin, 2004:83). Social institutions are the means that each society develops to meet its basic needs (Henslin, 2004:83). Institutions act as norms. Institutions tend to support the ideology of a society. For example, the educational system (as well as the rest of the institutions) in America support the ideology of democracy and free enterprise. As society becomes more industrialized, institutions become more formal (Henslin, 2004:83). Institutions vs. Organization Institutions can be organization, but they are different from organizations. Public education is an institution. El Paso Community college is an organization. GM is an organization. The "corporation" is an institution. Often one hears mental hospitals or
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