Change in Societal Institutions

  • Maureen T. Hallinan
  • David M. Klein
  • Jennifer Glass

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jennifer Glass, David M. Klein
    Pages 1-11
  3. Teresa A. Sullivan
    Pages 13-31
  4. Catherine E. Ross, John Mirowsky
    Pages 33-47
  5. Cora Bagley Marrett
    Pages 71-90
  6. Joyce L. Epstein
    Pages 91-121
  7. Lawrence A. Young, Richard A. Schoenherr
    Pages 143-168
  8. Larry J. Griffin, Christopher Botsko, Holly J. McCammon
    Pages 169-194
  9. James R. Beniger, Susan Herbst
    Pages 211-237
  10. Ruy A. Teixeira
    Pages 239-255
  11. William Form
    Pages 257-271
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 273-277

About this book


In the second half of the twentieth century, a number of researchers have conceptualized modern society as a social system composed of differenti­ ated yet interrelated institutional spheres. Commonly identified institu­ tional spheres are the family, religion, the economy, the polity or state, medicine or health care, religion, law, and education. The institutional perspective has sometimes been linked to a structural-functional frame­ work; it has often been asserted that institutions must be understood as parts of a larger whole operating at the societal level. Equally important have been recent institutional theory and research focusing on the more microscopic dynamics of intrainstitutional change. The concern here has been processes governing the institutionalization of rules and practices and the formation and decline of particular social structures. Although valid and useful, neither of these perspectives has yielded a systematic comparative assessment of societal institutions. The aim of this edited volume is to meet this critical need. It brings together recent theo­ retical and empirical research on societal institutions in a time of rapid change. The chapters focus on how these institutions adapt to societal change and what the outcomes of these changes are.


Institution gender roles institutional analysis mass media medical profession occupations organization organizations organized religion political participation public opinion single parents teaching profession technology trade unions

Editors and affiliations

  • Maureen T. Hallinan
    • 1
  • David M. Klein
    • 1
  • Jennifer Glass
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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