Association in English


Association is called the union of people or entities for a common purpose, for example: professional associations, unions, trade associations, neighborhood associations, among others.

In reference to the above, the associations are permanently destined to achieve their common objectives, which can be divided into two classes; those whose objective is the satisfaction of spiritual, intellectual or moral needs, and those that also have purely material ends.

In reference to the above, there are different types of associations, everything depends on what interested people want. As is the case, the joint venture is characterized by being a contract in which a person joins another who cooperates with the goods or services in exchange for obtaining profits or losses from the activity.

For its part, the trade association is an organization that is characterized by the development and protection of the professional activities carried out by the people who make it up. In turn, the neighborhood association is the integration of the neighbors with the objective of protecting and preserving the neighborhood.

In the legal area, associations are characterized by being groups of people with the objective of carrying out a common collective activity, in a democratic way by their own members, and non-profit and independent of any political party, company or organization.

On the other hand, in psychology, there are two types of associations:

  • Free association is a method of psychoanalysis, instituted by Sigmund Freud, in which it consists in expressing all ideas and images without any type of restriction even if sometimes your thinking or visions do not make sense. The psychoanalyst must interpret the emotions and psychic functioning of the patient.
  • Association of ideas, the spirit passes from one idea to another in a purely mechanical, automatic, passive way, and without being guided by a logical intuition. In the time of David Hume (1711-1776), the principles of association appeared as “laws”, with the intention of explaining, not only as one idea follows another, but also as the spirit of the human being builds the whole set of knowledge .

Finally, the association can also be seen as a literary figure, in which the individual applies to himself what is said with respect to others. It is the case of the lawyer who, when mentioning his client, speaks of “we”.

The term association is used as a synonym for grouping, entity, organization, institution, company, etc.

Intraspecific association

In the field of biology, the word association has a very broad meaning, it refers to the union between living beings, of the sets or aggregates of biological forms in a given area in order to achieve protection, nutrition and defense, as per example: sardine banks.

Based on the above information, there are varying degrees of association, from parasitism in which only one of the parties is the beneficiary, while the other is harmed. Also, there are state associations in which individuals organize and divide their work, such as ants.

Civil association

The civil association is the union of several people with the objective of promoting actions of a social nature, such as art, culture, sports, education, human rights, as well as carrying out actions in favor of discriminated and abused groups, such as for example: animals, children, etc.

With reference to its creation and regulation, each country establishes requirements and conditions for their operation, which are established in the Civil Code and other laws. In the case of Mexico, they are regulated by the Civil Code at the Federal level, and by the Civil Codes in force in each State of the Republic at the local level.

Generally, the following is required for its foundation:

  • Denomination or social reason.
  • Identification of the associates.
  • Document stating the drafting of the bylaws that contemplate the objective of the association, the internal rules of operation, as well as all other relevant data of the same.
  • The existence of an accounting.
  • Permits and licenses to start operations.
  • Formalize the constitution before a notary public, or before the competent authority.

Illicit association

In principle, associations are constituted under a lawful objective. However, there are people who are organized under an association with the aim of committing crimes, that is, committing activities that are punishable by criminal law and proceed against the Constitutional Principles, such as: drug trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, homicides, among others, and this is what is known as an illicit association.