Social organization of the state

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This chapter focuses on the social organization of the state as an institution organized to maintain legitimized power and authority in society. The state represents the government, law and social policy, the courts and criminal system, the police, and the military, and, as the major political institution in the U.S., participates in international policy making with significant consequences for global stability. The institution of the state plays important roles in the maintenance of social values, the control of social order, and the enforcement of social power, and is therefore a significant institution for understanding the status of women in society. It is also central in institutionalizing social changes to support improving conditions for women and marginalized peoples and is therefore implicated in social justice efforts.

Answer the following question fully in 5-7 sentences each:

  1. Discuss the connections between the military and the economic system as well as the political and governmental institutions of the state.
  2. What about gays and lesbians in the military? What is the current policy on gays and lesbians in the armed forces?
  3. What key issues are happening in your community or state right now that relate to this material in chapter 11? If you attend a public college or university, what is your funding level? What are the priorities in your state concerning higher education?

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