An institution is any structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behavior 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 cooperative living behavior.
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"). Institutions are also a central concern for law, the formal mechanism for political rule-making and enforcement.
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... parents of the children and brought to a mental institution ... Jommeke keeps on putting her back in the institution. 249 the queen of the underworld is released from the institution an she stays in her castle now ...
3, 2009 it attained candidacy status for accreditation as a Category II institution by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) this status is effective for a ... Candidacy (pre-accreditation) indicates that the institution is in basic compliance with the standards and criteria, has been evaluated by an on-site peer team, and in the professional judgment of ... universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church ...
... Just barely after three years of existence, the institution saw itself providing help and leadership during the disaster that occurred in the northern part of the ... The institution helped to provide relief to local and neighboring communities that suffered great loss of life and property ... Much of the research carried on by the institution focuses on the ecology of the region ...
... to committing a particular individual to an institution, such as a mental institution ... a political sense to apply to the creation or organization of governmental institutions or particular bodies responsible for overseeing or implementing policy, for example in welfare or development ...
Famous quotes containing the word institution:
“Your organization is not a praying institution. Its a fighting institution. Its an educational institution right along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!”
—Mother Jones (18301930)
“The post-office appeared a singularly domestic institution here. Ever and anon the stage stopped before some low shop or dwelling, and a wheelwright or shoemaker appeared in his shirt- sleeves and leather apron, with spectacles newly donned, holding up Uncle Sams bag, as if it were a slice of home-made cake, for the travelers, while he retailed some piece of gossip to the driver, really as indifferent to the presence of the former as if they were so much baggage.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“... an institution cannot be run progressively on a basis of fear.”
—Mary B. Harris (18741957)