Social Institution

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A Social Institution is a Social Structure/Social Mechanism that governs the behavior of a set of individuals within a given community.



  • (Wikipedia, 2014) ⇒ Retrieved:2014-4-29.
    • An institution is any structure or mechanism of social order governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community; may it be human or a specific animal one. Institutions are identified with a social purpose, transcending individuals and intentions by mediating the rules that govern living behavior. [1] The term "institution" is commonly applied to customs and behavior patterns important to a society, as well as to particular formal organizations of government and public services. As structures and mechanisms of social order among certain species, institutions are one of the principal objects of study in the social sciences, such as political science, anthropology, economics, and sociology (the latter being described by Durkheim as the "science of institutions, their genesis and their functioning"). [2] Institutions are also a central concern for law, the formal mechanism for political rule-making and enforcement.
  1. Stanford Encyclopaedia: Social Institutions
  2. Durkheim, Émile [1895] "The Rules of Sociological Method" 8th edition, trans. Sarah A. Solovay and John M. Mueller, ed. George E. G. Catlin (1938, 1964 edition), pp. 45