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Functionalism: Historical roots: 1. Shift from a small community to a larger one because of immigration. 2. declining working class and rise of professional class 3. the society is disrupted by the Californian as they came Focus: 1. it was a small town with most people knowing each other but later they were arguing whether lesbians and gay men should be regarded as legitimate minority group Society: Functionalist assumes that society is unified, like human bodies that everyone plays a role and fits together. Therefore, gays and lesbians should be regarded as the same group like the “ordinary” people; they are also one part of the world. Problems: Timber town fell apart. There was influx of immigrants, lost of jobs, national rise of gay rights, and failure of public schools. Homosexuals are regarded as deviance. But deviants should serve as a “function” so stranger is created. Language: Deviance, sinful, immoral and criminal Solutions: (in schools, families, marriage) better socialization to ensure greater conformity and to prevent deviance.
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2008 for the course SOCI 150gm taught by Professor Kaplan during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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