Essay about Modern Society And Its Impact On Society

1275 Words Sep 28th, 2015 6 Pages
An institution is a set of norms surrounding the carrying out of a function necessary for the survival of a society. People in every society must fulfill certain functions in order to survive. They must set up processes for rearing and educating children. They must develop a system for maintaining order and managing relations with other societies. They must agree on methods for producing and exchanging goods and services. Societies differ in how they carry out these functions, but they all must somehow accomplish the same tasks in order to survive as a social unit. Institutions may seem abstract, but they are part of a world that is very real.
One of the main institutions that can have the most impact on society is the family. The family by definition "a fundamental social group in society typically consisting of a man and woman and their offspring or two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place" (Mifflin 2015). In order to further elaborate on this institution we most look at the family on how it was before and how much it has changed to this date. One of main changes in the dynamics of families is the social changes in the Women 's movement and the changes from a nuclear family to single parent homes.
Families in the past consisted of a mother and a father most times children and a family pet. Like most societies in the world, the United States included, are patriarchal…

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