Sociological Perspectives

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Sociological theorists have always disagreed in method, hence the three paradigms that compose the sociological theory as a whole. But it’s the fact that none of them have the one defined answer to society’s quirky nature. Conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and functionalism must coexist in order to provide the best encompassing view of societal anomalies. Specifically looking at crime rates as an example, one would take each theory into consideration as to demonstrate their contribution to the crime rate. In the following paragraphs I’ll be referencing Karl Marx (conflict theorist), Lewis Coser (functionalist), and Charles Horton Cooley (symbolic interactionist). Marx’s theory of Alienated Labor describes two dominant groups within a capitalist structure such as the United States. The Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat subcategories are those groups, the Bourgeoisie being the rich and powerful and the Proletariat being the poor and weak. The Bourgeoisie maintains a chokehold on the Proletariats by keeping them in a vicious cycle of creating the products that they will never be able to obtain. Thus creating a commodity fetishism that desynchronizes the connection the worker has to his or her work. The way that this relates to crime rates in a society is that the Proletariats are bound to realize that they are essentially under the mind control of the Bourgeoisie and will attempt to rebel to sever the reigns cast over them. Rather than trying to earn the product that

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