ISS215_LECTURE_1 (2) - Structural Functional Perspective...

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Structural Functional Perspective and Social Inequality Lecture 1
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Structural Functional Perspective Part 1
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Outline A. What is Structural Functional Perspective? B. Main Features C. Pioneers: 1. August Comte 2. Herbert Spencer 3. Emile Durkheim 4. Talcott Parsons D. Social Stratification
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A. Structural Functionalism? Structural Functionalism looks at the social system as an integrated whole. It suggests that both parts and whole are functional and produce equilibrium. Functionality may be: Individual Interpersonal Societal
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B. Main Features Society as an integrated whole Systematic Individuals are indispensable Temporary imbalances Dysfunctional elements leading to social integration and equilibrium Social change is evolutionary Social integration through legitimization of social, economic, and political structure Social stratification is good
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C. Pioneers August Comte (1798-1857) Organic Whole Individuals are functional
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