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30 Examples of Institutions

 , November 23, 2020
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.
Charities
City Governments
Cultures
Education Systems
Families
Financial Systems
Firms
Healthcare Systems
Industries
International Organizations
Justice Systems
Languages
Legal Systems
Markets
Media Organizations
Military Organizations
Monetary Authorities
National Governments
Non-Profit Groups
Organized Labor
Political Parties
Regional Governments
Regulatory Agencies
Religions
Research Organizations
Space Agencies
Special Interest Groups
Traditions
Transportation Systems
Universities

Notes

Institutions can be viewed at many levels. For example, the top level of "government" can be decomposed into dozens or perhaps hundreds of large institutions.
Overview: Institutions
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Complex and enduring features of societies.
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