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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

STUDENT GUIDE

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Review of the Five Major Social Institutions

Family

Basic Needs

Regulate reproduction, socialize and protect children

Some Groups or Organizations

Relatives, kinship groups

Some Statuses

Daughter, son, father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent

Some Values

Sexual fidelity, providing for your family, keeping a clean house, respect for parents

Some Norms

Have only as many children as you can afford, be faithful to your spouse

Religion

Basic Needs

Concerns about life after death, the meaning of suffering and loss; desire to connect with the Creator

Some Groups or Organizations

Congregation, synagogue, mosque, denomination, charitable association

Some Statuses

Priest, minister, rabbi, worshipper, teacher, disciple, missionary, prophet, convert

Some Values

Reading and adhering to holy texts such as the Bible, the Koran, and the Torah; honoring God

Some Norms

Attend worship services, contribute money, follow the teachings

Education

Basic Needs

Transmit knowledge and skills across the generations

Some Groups or Organizations

School, college, student senate, sports team, PTA, teachers’ union

Some Statuses

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