University of Phoenix
James K. Roberts, M.A.
January 11, 2011
A social institution is a group that someone lives and grows up in. These institutions or groups have a goal or task to complete. For example, a school is an educational social institution in which either children or adults go to learn a way of life.
Social institutions are based on structures of relationships, functions, roles, and obligations. People who live their lives with the concept of right and wrong have positive values. People who do not consider these values are known to be antisocial. Social institutions that people learn their socialization from are religion, education, economic, and political. Social institution recognizes a community for social activity rather than legal boundaries. Second, the access points to the social activity are necessary for everyday living. These are very important roles if people want to be accepted in society (Lyman, 2007). Social Theories
Theories are an underlying fact of certain observed phenomena that has been approved to some degree. The alien conspiracy theory blames outside people and outside influences on organized crime. The alien conspiracy supposes to be a fact that organized crime mafia gained attention during the 1860s in Sicily and that the Sicilians are responsible for the organized crime (Lyman, 2007).
The alien theory states individuals involved with organized crime in Sicily and Italy had produced criminal organizations known as the Sicilian Mafia or Costra Nostra. These individuals migrated to the United States in an attempt to escape detection and apprehension by law enforcement in their own country, and to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that existed within the United States both legally and illegally. Once in the United States these groups of individuals developed, organized, and operated numerous criminal...