Marxism And Functionalism : Society And Sport Essay

1658 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 7 Pages
In this essay a comparison of two different sociological perspectives such as Marxism and Functionalism through society and sport, highlighting the benefits and problems.
Both, Marxism and Functionalism are sets of ideas trying to provide an explanation for human society and how it operates. Marxism and Functionalism are both related to a structural view of sociology. That is according to Giddens observable patterns of behavior within a society that shapes the individual due to so many different influences on a person’s daily social interaction. The structural view of society belongs to the macro perspective of sociology and which looks at the society as a whole within its large-scale principles like family, education, religion as well as a historical process of social life examining interdependent social institutions.
Marxism is an interpretation of the thoughts by Karl Marx a German social theorist and political revolutionist, where the concept of ‘class struggle’ plays an important role in society, and leads to the development of society, and the uprising of the proletariat whom, Marx believed made the wealth of society and the downfall of the bourgeoisie or capitalist. Coakley says that in capitalist societies that are so well-established major changes can only be possible if the people without the economic power realized that there is a need for change. These ideologies can then be applied to explain society’s actions on sport, such as how the working class are being…
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