Social institutions

Richard J. Watts
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As the attributive adjective ‘social’ implies, terms such as ‘social class’, ‘social network’, ‘social role’, ‘social institution’, ‘social process’, etc., are interpreted as being part of that domain of knowledge which concerns itself with human society, viz. sociology. However, since the study of human society automatically involves the researcher with other domains of knowledge, the interdisciplinary link with those domains is also documented by attributing the adjective ‘social’ or adding the prefix ‘socio-’, so that we get ‘sociolinguistics’, ‘social psychology’, ‘social anthropology’, ‘sociopragmatics’, etc.

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