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Andrea Cooper Intro: Sociology Davis and Moore describe economic stratification from a functionalist point of view. They believe that economic stratification is there to serve the society. They believe that those with the talent for specific functions of society are limited and those who have these talents should make sacrifices in order to turn it into a skill. It provides incentive for people to try to fill important positions for rewards, such as money. Melvin Tumin found several dysfunctions of this functionalist point of view. Tumin found many issues with Davis and Moore’s functionalist approach to economic stratification. One point that Davis and Moore make is that certain positions are more important than others and require special skills. In other words, there are certain jobs that are functionally more important than others. These jobs must be taken by those with the talents required to perform what is needed. Tumin believes that it is not possible to discover the full range of talent because of the limit of access to appropriate
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