Total institutions

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Defined in Erving Goffman's Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates: an organization that collects large numbers of like individuals, cuts them off from the wider society, and provides for all their needs. Prisons, mental hospitals, army barracks, and nursing homes are total institutions. So are cruise ships, cults, convents, and summer camps. Behemoths of order, they swallow up their constituents and structure their lives.