Applying the Sociological Perspective

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SOC 100 July 27, 2015 Bettie Ware Applying the Sociological Perspective An employer is an individual or organization who employs one or more person (employee) for wages or salary, while an employee works for an individual or organization (employer) for wage or salary. The wage that is earn is used to cover expenses by the employee, in the form of bills, to cover health, housing, food, utilities, all seen as a necessity. Functionalism studies society on the macro level, where it views society as a whole entity, where each individual as an aspect of society works together for survival and the continuity of society. To obtain goods and services that are essential for their well-being, money is needed, to get this money…show more content…
Employers are considered to be apart of upper class and are owners of business organizations and corporations (C.E.O.’s) and managers, while employees who are hired as clerks, associates, clerical and auxiliary staff, often times at entry level positions are working towards a pay increase and a promotion to become a part of the elite. There is often conflict between those who are presumed to have power and those who do not. Those without power, employees at times feel victimize, as if they will never achieve success because employers have set up the system for the rich to get richer and the poor to remain in the gutters, as a result they may exhibit signs of resentment which contributes to the conflict. The interactionist theory views society on a microlevel, it considers the relations between individuals on a one to one small scale level, and how these relations are interpreted, and influences one behavior. Also called symbolic interactionism, it covers how people are surrounded by symbols in the form of non-verbal communication, actions and even dress codes. Employers and employees interact through the giving of instructions and the carrying out of said instructions by the employees. Employers might award a job well done through a verbal praise ‘well done,’ nonverbal communication such as a smile, or an
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