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8.24 Notes - 8-24 2 levels of theory Theory as an...

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8-24 2 levels of theory Theory as an correcting “perspective” o Main theories: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interaction 1. Functionalism a. Sees society as an organic unit b. Assumes that many social practices contribute to the survival of society c. Emphasis on consensus- shared values and norms 2. Conflict Theory a. Society is arena for struggle b. Explores how some come to dominate others c. Emphasis on conflict over values, norms, and resources 3. Symbolic Interactions a. –Emphasizes the social construction of meaning b. Sees social life as constantly negotiated and created -Functionalism- on family -Family as key to caring for and socializing young -Family regulates sexuality -Conflict theory on family -Family forms as contentions -Family as a possible facilitation of oppression -Symbolic interaction -Evolving notions of being a “father” or “mother” -How “suppertime” is understood and enacted Mid Level Theory------more concrete
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