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Basic Ideas of Sociology SYG 3002  U01 Prof. A. Douglas Kincaid September 14, 2011
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Today’s Outline n Update n Social institutions n Video: Sidewalk n Assignment for 9/16/11
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Social institutions q “Institutions are the established, traditional, habitual, legitimate ways a society carries out its business.” (C&V, p. 98) Ø Elements of definition: recognized, widely accepted, enduring Ø Problems of definition: not just “business”, not just society, and not just for the overall structure q Better definition: Institutions are social patterns within an organization that have a fundamental importance for how that organization is structured and accomplishes its purposes, as well as for how individuals within that organization act and see themselves.
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Examples of social institutions q Marriage q Economy; automobile industry q and General Motors? q Education; research university q and Harvard? q Sports; professional football q and the Miami Dolphins?
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