Reading and Lecture Notes - Waller

Reading and Lecture Notes - Waller - Social Problems SOCY...

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Waller Waller: Words Without Deeds Functionalist Perspective: like critical theory, also emphasizes the importance of structure but in this perspective individual agency is minimized. Behavior is shaped by larger forces of collective society that minimize individual agency. People are cogs in a wheel. According to Waller: p eople don’t really want what they say they want because, while deploring injustice, do not want change or change in values. Solving social problems necessitates a change in the organizational mores from which they arise. [Consider how the note above about the structural functionalist perspective relates to this statement] Institutions and structures produce the outcomes they do through the operation of the mundane. For change to occur we must change the fundamental way institutions and structures operate. Our values are primarily and most powerfully present in the mundane connections we have to the
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