Main Theoretical Perspectives Within Sociology

1330 WordsMar 20, 20166 Pages
A theory is a statement that explains how and why the world operates the way it does. Theories are a great part of the framework used in organizing the specific social phenomena’s within social science. Theories can answer questions like why certain groups of people all live in the same/ certain neighborhood. Theories try to explain why groups of people do certain things, and why a society changes and how it works. There are three main theoretical perspectives within sociology. These perspectives are functionalism, symbolic interactionism and, conflict theory. To understand phenomena as to the ways groups are formed it is important to follow theoretical perspectives. A theory is a general statement about how some parts of the world fit together and how they work. It is an explanation of how facts are related to one other. While a fact is an observation that has been proven over and over and has been accepted as being true. It is never final because it can also be modify or can even be said to not be true tomorrow. With theories there is no need for a list of types of people, why certain people do things in certain ways. Theories help to understand the overall general themes across many specific types of behaviors or decisions in the social world. Symbols are very important to humans. Symbolic interactions is the symbols we use to attach meaning to things in the world. It is used to understand how we see the world and communicate with one another. It tells you how to act
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