Structural Theory And Structural Functionalism

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Structural Functionalism is a theory that Emile Durkheim came up with that explains why society functions the way it does. It focuses on the relationships in societies from a large scale perspective. It examines the part of society and how each part of it leads to stability. In this theory, society is made up by connected structures. For example, school, police force, firefighters, and more aid the public need which are instituitions. Durkheim explains one structure called social facts which is acting and thinking that existed before and would still exist in the future such as religious teachings. Every structure in society is important and needs to work with each other to to provide harmony. The social structures need and depend with each other. For example, a teacher would depend on a farmer to grow food for him/her. The farmer would then depend on scientists to to make something to help agriculture grow faster and so on. It focuses in the equilibrium of society and no issues would occur if there was little change. If something significant did change, society would adapt to it and deal with it. b. Symbolic Interaction was created by George Herbert Mead and takes a small scale viewpoints of individuals interacting. It explains interactions with other people and in society to show change. Mead believed that people change through people, events, objects and more. This would lead to change in a person's behavior because it had a meaning. A person
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