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Structural Functional Perspective and Social InequalityStructural Functional PerspectivePioneers of structural functionalism said social inequality creates competition and the best succeed and others go to the bottomStructural Functionalism looks at the social system as an integrated whole. It suggests that both parts and whole are functional and produce equilibrium.-Individual- There must be members of society to help it run and be successfulNo one person is the same…even if raised by parents, children differ-Interpersonal- We depend on one another for society to stay intact and functioning.-Societal- Different members of society perform different tasks, which make a society so well rounded and diverse. Main Features-Society as an integrated whole-Systemic society is composed of certain systems which make up the STRUCTUREThings must be performed a certain way or society will have no structure (it can be good or bad but it is still there)-Individuals are indispensable- Incentives by countries to make sure that families are producing more than one child. This helps the population grow (desirable) or at least stay the same-Temporary imbalances are conflicts that arise but our system fixes it.USA never has ware or massive disasters on it’s soil but when it does (911, Pearl Harbor) everyone is in a dazed state of shock. We are involved in almost ever war or conflict around the world but if it happens on our soil, there is mass chaos. Civil Rights Movement caused people to burn down buildings, kill, riot, etc…and from this chaos arose a better situation for different races and women. -Dysfunctional elements point out imperfections in societyPeople make a living off of dysfunctional people and their criminals…our society favors this whether we admit it or not. Equilibrium is based on the massive effort to help society return to normal after disaster. -Social Change is different throughout generations; people who resist change don’t want the current structure to differ because they are benefiting from it. -Social integration through legitimization of social, economic, and political structure. -Social Stratification is good. Pioneers

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