Sociological Theories 7

Sociological Theories 7 - Sociological Theories The Big...

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Sociological Theories 7/5/07 The Big Three: SI, SF, Conflict George Herbert Mead was the father of Symbolic Interactionism. (and George Blummer) *human beings interact based on the shared meanings of symbols; it is most closely associated with social psychology -deals with small groups of people pg. 3/6 – Something is not a social issue unless it affects a lot of people ex: abortion clinic bombings – public social issue Play and Game Stages -children have no sense of anyone but themselves -human interaction is like a game, we know how to play, were taught the rules (Thomas and the Thomas Theorem) -that which men perceive to be real is real in its consequence Functionalism – the most conservative of the theories (structural functionalism) SF: Talcott Parsons, Robert K. Merton Five social institutions act as an organism -politics, family, economy, education, religion -if you could change one, something else has to change -organism is affected by outside influences -“effects” are often seen as either functional or dysfunctional
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