Social institutions [electronic resource] / by Joyce O. Hertzler, University of Nebraska.

Hertzler, Joyce Oramel, 1895-1975, author.
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1st edition.
New York : McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1929.
1 online resource
Primitive societies.
Social psychology.
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Psychology, Social.
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"There is today an outstanding need in sociology for more minute and comprehensive analyses of certain important phases of the social field than can be given in general sociological treatises or in the highly intensive studies in the special social sciences. The present study tries to do this for the neglected field of social institutions, the studies of which down to date, with one exception, have either been fragmentary and superficial, or highly specialized examinations of single institutions or closely related institutions. It seeks, in a comprehensive and systematic way, to get at the essential components of social institutions; to note certain aspects of their origin and evolution; to examine the way in which they develop their general and unique characteristics; to determine their connection with social values, the interplay between the individual and institutions, and the factors involved in their progressive adaptability. Believing that the lines now drawn between the social sciences are largely arbitrary and artificial, and that an unfortunate departmental parochialism exists among them--whereas they are essentially a unity in which a division of labor is merely expedient--the author has not confined himself exclusively to the materials offered by sociology, but has drawn on all available pertinent sources. Furthermore, the materials herein presented are not intended for college students only; nor for sociologists particularly; but for all those who have an interest in social institutions, whether this interest is that of the social scientist or that of a member of one of the professions connected with institutions, or that of the intelligent layman who has a broad interest in all things social and who wishes to understand their nature and operation. The needs and interests of these various groups have been kept in mind in the preparation of this book"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).
The situation with respect to the meaning and place of social institutions
The causes and functions of institutions
The composition of institutions
The pivotal institutional fields
The significant aspects of some outstanding primitive institutions
Institutions in evolution
The relation of institutions and the environments
The relation of institutions to social values and social ends
The transmission of institutions
The institution and the individual
Change and institutions
The future of institutions.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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