Five Functions That Are Carried Out By Communities

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According to Roland Warren, there are five functions that are carried out by communities. The five functions are production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, socialization, social control, social participation, and mutual support. The production of distribution, and consumption of goods and services meets the needs of the individuals in the community, such as food, clothing, shelter, employment, transportation, medical care, and recreation. In Colfax, there are formal and informal ways of meetings these needs. The individuals in the community can only shop at two locations to meet the needs of clothing. There is the Family Dollar Store and the Dollar General that sells clothing. Most individuals go out of town to purchase clothing, though at least twenty to thirty miles away. For those families that are less fortunate and need assistance with clothing the members of the families and community give to them. It is not uncommon to find families, friends, and neighbors issuing hand me downs to others in the community. During the fall and the winter churches and the local school donates clothing to the children and families in need. Another common informal system is garage sales. Buying clothing and goods from garage sales are common to this small community. There is a grocery store, two local fast food restaurants, and gas stations that are utilized for food in the community. At the community center once a month the elderly population is able to receive a
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