10 primary social institutions

Family

1. Provide emotional, material, and physical support for the family2. Regulation of procreation

Religion

1. Provide a forum for people to contemplate and address forces which they can experience but not fully understand like the divine and death2. Provide a sense of community identity with common morals and values

Law

1. To create order and avoid chaos within a community2. To carry out the rules set forth by community leaders

Politics

1. To provide an organized system of decision making2. To create laws

Economics

1. To regulate the distribution of goods and services

Education

1. To pass knowledge from one generation to the next

Science

1. To understand our environment so that humans can have mastery over it

Medicine

1. To heal illness and injury 2. To minimize suffering

Military

1. To protect community borders and assets 2. To expand community borders and assets

Mass Media

1. To provide information to a community which will enable the members to make informed decisions