Institutions are complex and enduring features of societies. Societies are composed of interrelated institutions each with features such as roles, systems, rules, norms and values. It is common for sociology textbooks to list five primary institutions: family, government, economy, education and religion. This is an extremely broad and limited list. The following is a more expansive list of institutions that play a major role in developed societies.
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NotesInstitutions can be viewed at many levels. For example, the top level of "government" can be decomposed into dozens or perhaps hundreds of large institutions.
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