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What are the most critical needs that must be met by a society? Acquisition of new members Socialize members Control the members Educate members Protection from outsiders Have to deal with sickness and health issues Institutions : collections of statuses, roles, norms, values, and social organizations that  are organized to meet some societal need. Family, economy, healthcare, technology, education……etc 4 Things Specific to Institution
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They are unplanned and very slow to come about. They develop in response to a need.  When it comes “the way it must be don.” Then it has been institutionalized (that’s why its  so hard to challenge/defy them). Institutions are VERY slow to change. Remember, they became institutions because  they were routine and evolved into “the way we do things.” They have come to make  “perfect sense” and seem the only logical approach. Of course they are going to be  resistant to change. When institutions do change, the change does NOT happen in isolation – many other  institutions are affected! Ex. What is education became so expensive that only the wealthy could afford it? How  much the other institutions be forced to change? Societies tend to have the same institutions (because we tend to have the same social  needs). BUT the internal structure (guts) of the institutions tend to look VERY different  across cultures.  “Girl-watching” reading institution of gender men cat calling at woman in professional setting actions to impress other men, not to actually “get” woman trying to prove heterosexuality and masculinity  pressure of the institution of gender that is getting men to act in this way  Prison sodomy Males- Daddies – dominant pimp-like male Punks- forced to do feminine chores for daddy, does sexual favors, sometimes forced to  change physical appearance to fit a more feminine look for daddies. 
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Social Structure “Patterned relationships among statuses” This occurs WITHIN institutions Status: This is nothing more than the position within the institution. So, within the institution of  family, you might have mom, dad, sibling, child, grandparent, etc Ascribed Status A status into which you were BORN, or from which you cannot escape What are you ascribed statuses?
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  • social standing. Norms, social structure. Groups, norms beliefs symbols

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