Institutions in the social setup are made up of individuals or different groups working with each other for a common purpose. Institutions are at the base of the social order of a society and they control behavior as well as expectations of people within a society. Societies undergo evolutions as time goes by. The evolution within the institutions implies that some aspects are introduced or adopted into the society while others are eliminated. The changes that take place in the institutions affect the relationships existing between particular aspects in the society. It is true that the interchanges and interconnections between institutional chores have become more multifaceted. Despite the several changes that occur within institutions within the society, the fundamental connections between institutions remain the same (Roughgarden, 2007).
The evolution in the society might involve adopting a new culture or a novel way of living. The incorporation of the new way of life must have an effect on how the community members will behave depending on the adopted culture or behavior. It changes the way individuals relate to each but the most important aspects that defined the relationships between the members of the community will still be maintained. Evolution might be in the form of acquiring new dressing styles. The new way of life will be incorporated into the community structure, but it cannot affect how people or different institutions interrelate with each other.
There has always been there a strong relationship between the religion or religious institutions and the family institution. The family is the basic institution that forms the society. The evolution in the religious institutions takes place through various ways like adoption of new beliefs as well as new forms of worshiping. For a long time, the relationship between the family institution and the religious institutions has depended on each other and the relationships affect how they operate. The behavior among the family members is strongly based on the religious teachings or beliefs. In spite of the changes that have occurred within the institutions, they have remained dependent to each other in different ways (Seddone, 2014).
Marriage is a common example of a human institution. Regardless of the type of marriage, whether between different genders or similar genders, the institution is relied on in the formation of a community. A family emanates from the marriage institution. In the institution of marriage, evolution has been characterized by changes in the roles of the couples in addition to the understanding of what the institution is supposed to mean. The changes in the roles have not affected the empirical relationships that exist in this institution. The institution has remained to be guided by the same principles that have been in existence for a long period. However, the changes in the roles as well as what is expected from the individuals in marriage (Seddone, 2014). Apart from this institution, the relationships, interchanges or interconnections among other institutions have also remained the same. When the more fundamental relationships among the institutions remain in t6he same state despite the evolutions, it supports the claim that even if the experiential forms of the interchanges have differed historically, the most important relationships amongst institutions have remained the same.
- Roughgarden, J. (2007). Community Coevolution: A Comment. Evolution, 41(5), 1130. doi:10.2307/2409199
- Seddone, G. (2014). Collective intentionality, norms and institutions: A philosophical investigation about human cooperation.