1) A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.)
2) A primary social group consisting of parents and their offspring,the principal function of which is provision for its members. (Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition 2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998) Institution:
1) A custom, practice, relationship, or behavioral pattern of importance in the life of a community or society. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company)
2) A well-established and structured pattern of behavior or of relationships that is accepted as a fundamental part of a culture, as marriage: the institution of the family. (Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.) Institutions reflect universal human needs and the solutions to these needs that have been worked out by various peoples. Social institution:
“Social institutions are cultural patterns grouped about the central needs of man in society.” Social institutions are the foundations of societies to provide the necessary structure to maintain development, order, and provide for basic needs within a society (Cravens, 2011). A social institution is a set of organized beliefs and rules that establish how a society will attempt to meet its basic needs. Social institutions are seen to provide five major tasks. The first is replacing members, finding socially appropriate ways of replacing members who may have died or moved away. The second is teaching new members, people must learn how the group does things such as values and customs. The third is...
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