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    McKayla Malone Professor Frank Elwell SOC 1113 002R 21 April 2017 1. Summarize the key difference between functionalists and conflict theories of deviance. In our society, the functionalists and conflict theorists are always hard at work. Their approach to understanding society is very different from each other. A functionalist tends to take a theoretical approach, seeing society as an interlocking structure. This structure is designed to supply the needs of everyone in the society. On the other

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    This essay explores the sociological key concepts of conflict theorists and functionalist theorists. Conflict theory was introduced by Karl Marx and is defined as a society that involves groups of people that are in a struggle for power with one another (Henslin, Possamai and Possamai-Inesedy 2013). Functionalism theory was founded by Emile Durkheim and is defined as a society with many different institutions with its own function that works together to maintain balance and social stability (Henslin

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    I think more like a functionalist when discussing the issue of deviance. The textbook states that Durkheim’s Anomie Theory claims deviance occurs when social norms have been broken down and there are weak or no control mechanisms in a society. I agree with this because if people do not understand how they should act, then they may act out of character in some people’s opinions. In order to keep people in control, we need laws and social norms that are coherent throughout a society. A conflict

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    Functionalist Theory Functionalists argue that although the form of families may vary from one human group to another, they are universal in that they fulfill needs basic to every society’s well-being such as economics production, socialization of children, sexual control and reproduction.” (pg 285) Family is of great importance and plays a major role in the socialization of children. It is the responsibility of the parent to teach the child how to function, in doing so there are norms, values, beliefs

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    Functionalist Theory and Conflict Theory Of Sociology In Education By Muhamad Hafifi Bin Mazuki (2013185467) What is functionalist theory? The functionalist theory also called functionalism. The functionalism can be define is each part of society have their roles in terms of how it contributes to the stability of the whole society. Each part of society that have their own functional for the stability of around society. According to the functionalist perspective, each part of society is related

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    The functionalist theory and the symbolic interactionist theory in regards to sexulity and sexual orientation are vastly different. The functionalist theory perspective is that our society upholds heterosexuality as the normative and ideal behavior. This is also known as institutionalized heterosexuality. The symbolic interactionist perspective is that sexual orientation is a time bound and culturally specific social invention. Heterosexuality is something that we as a society think of as unchanging

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    The Symbolic Interactionist Theory is a sociological theory with a micro sociological view. This is an action theory. It examines a way to explain behaviour within society by looking at small scale interactions i.e. between two people or smaller groups and explaining the aspects of wider society from these. Symbolic interactionists believe that we live in a world where symbols have shared meanings and we use these meanings when interacting with people. For example, our language is made up of symbols

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    traditions., (Finn and Jacobson, 186) Functionalist Theory The assumptions of functionalist theory: This added a complexity to how structural functionalism dealt with the relationship between structures and functions. Dispensing with the notion that all parts of the system are functional, highly integrated, and indispensable, the system of concepts to deal with the ways in which structures may be related to the whole. However, some of the functionalist theory might be dysfunctional, meaning they

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    The Functionalist Paradigm is all about that which does and does not maintain a sense of social stability. It is the contention that social structure is the reason that everything is stable or perhaps not so stable, and that said structure is an attempt at maintaining a sort of societal symmetry. This paradigm argues that the best sort of society is a stable one, meaning any possible element that could be used toward that goal should be taken advantage of for the adaptability of the civilization

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    The functionalist perspective is based largely on the works of Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim, Talcott Parsons, and Robert Merton. According to functionalism, society is a system of interconnected parts that work together in harmony to maintain a state of balance and social equilibrium for the whole. Functionalism is a positive theory and in this case will look at how education contributes to the stability of society. Sociologists usually begin their sociological analysis with the following questions;

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