Publisher description for Institutional structure : constituting state, society, and the individual / George M. Thomas ... [et al.].


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Institutional Structure traces the development of the ideology and ontology of Western society, showing how the cultural values underlying that ideology have determined the structure and authority of the modern nation-state. This Western culture also suggests the form of various social institutions, legitimizes and limits the development of social movements, and provides for the place of the individual in society.

The authors draw on cross-cultural and historical comparisons to illustrate the social and cultural construction of institutions.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
State, The.
Social structure.
Social institutions.