Ever Since The Beginning Of Time, Humans Needed Some Type

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Ever since the beginning of time, humans needed some type of system to live life. A system of social control, which involves formal and informal means of enforcing norms: rules of behavior that are considered acceptable in a group or society. One thing that has seemed to be unacceptable and out of the norms in the past and a huge controversial topic was someone’s sexuality. Homosexulity is a very controversial topic, years ago and even today, there are many mixed feelings and different opinions, but one thing that is for sure, is that times have really changed since then, what it’s like to identify as LGBT in America. A news article that was just published this year, introduced a recent study has now shown that in the U.S, more…show more content…
There are three major social theories that help sociologist take a deeper look into society as a whole and understand why things may be the way they are. These theories are known as Theoretical Paradigms and it consists of structural functionalism, social conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism. Structural functionalism is the blueprint for these theories, it envisions society as a complex system whose elements operate together to encourage solidarity and stability. Its main focus is “focusing on social structures as well as the functions that such structures perform” (Ritzer 29). Robert Meron, a structural functionalist, developed the concepts for this theory especially the central concept, functions. “These are the observable, positive consequences of a structure that help it survive, adapt, and adjust.” (Ritzer 29). Like all the other theories and studies in the world of sociology, structural functionalism comes with its own strengths and weaknesses. Exceptionally, the functionalist theory is the foundation for everything, it defines that everything has a purpose, job, or function in our society. What that recognizes is that society is constructed of integrated parts that are drawn together, consequently, if something is wrong with one it will affect the other. The functionalist theory neglects to explain opposition to social
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