Sustainable Development Indicator Group

Working Draft Framework, Version 2, June 4, 1996

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1.3.4 Social Institutions

Definition: Groups of persons banded together for common purposes having rights, privilages, liabilities, goals, or objectives distinct and independant from those of individual members.

Definition Source: Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary

Social Institutions Categories:

1.3.4.1 Community: A group of people residing in the same locality and under the same government or a group or class having common interests. (Definition Source: Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary)

1.3.4.2 Community Service Organizations: Non-profit, charitable organizations dedicated to assisting others meet basic needs, resolve personal or family problems, or improving their community. This includes soup kitchens, rotary clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, scouts, etc. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.3 Educational Institutions: Social organizations dedicated to teaching skills and knowledge to individuals. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.4 Ethnic or Cultural Groups: A social organization consisting of many extended family groups related by a distant, common ancestry. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.5 Extended Family: A social organization consisting of several nuclear family groups related by common ancestry. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.6 Families and Households: A fundamental social group consisting especially of a man and a women and their offspring; a domestic establishment including the members of a family and other who live under the same roof. (Definition Source: Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary)

1.3.4.7 Governments and Legal Institutions: The office, function, authority, or organization that sets forth and administer public policy and the affairs. A government consists of a legislative branch which writes law and policy, executive branch which executes law and policy, and judicial branch which enforces law and policy. This includes local, state, and national governments. This includes all branches of the military. (Definition Source: Monitoring Social Indicators for Ecosystem Management)

1.3.4.8 Health Care Institutions: Social institutions that specialize in monitoring public health, providing health maintenance, and treating illness and injury. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.10 Intellectual and Cultural Organizations: Social organizations dedicated to search for new knowledge or the development and preservation of art. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.11 Market Institutions: Social organizations dedicated to barter and trade. This includes all corporations and businesses. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.12 Political and Non Government Organizations: Social organizations dedicated to influencing the processes of government; political parties. This includes non-governmental organizations and groups of people with common goals, interests, or ideals formally bound together by a common set of rules or by-laws that influence public policy. (Definition Source: None)

1.3.4.13 Religious Organizations: Groups of people who share a common, codified belief in and reverence for a supernatural power acepted as the creator and governor of the universe. (Definition Source: Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary)