In this entry the concern is principally with social institutions(including meta-institutions) that are also organisations or systemsof organisations. However, it should be noted that institutions oflanguage, such as the English language, are often regarded not simplyas institutions but as more fundamental than many other kinds ofinstitution by virtue of being presupposed by, or in part constitutiveof, other institutions. Searle, for example, holds to the latter view(Searle 1995: 37). A case might also be made that the family is a morefundamental institution than others for related reasons, e.g. it isthe site of sexual reproduction and initial socialisation.


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