Theoretical_Paradigms_to_study_Soci____al_Problems

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Florida State University Sociology Department SYG2010 Social Problems Dr. Gloria T. Lessan Theoretical Paradigms to study Social Problems 1)Structural Functionalism - Society is a structure of interrelated parts, each part functioning to maintain ORDER - Social problems occur when society or some structural element becomes dysfunctional - Social problems are due to instability in the social system (i.e. rapid social change) - Social problems are resolved via programs designed to address such instabilities
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- Social interventions aim to reform the system gradually and progressively A special case is Social Disorganization Theory
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2)Conflict - Society is a structure of unequal parts or groups, each working to protect its own interests against the interests of others - Social problems arise from existing conflict of interests among groups
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Unformatted text preview: -Social problems are dealt with via negotiation of benefits and constraints among groups involved-Social interventions change the groups and interests involved in the problem rather than solving the inequality-roots of the problem A special case is Marxist theory 3)Symbolic Interaction-Society is formed by the interaction among individuals using symbols with shared meaning-As people interact they define reality-Social problems are thus defined by individuals as they go about defining their social reality-If people define something as real, it will be real in its consequences (Thomas theorem)-Social problems are solved by changing individuals definition of reality A special case is Labeling theory The world as a social system 4) Modernization Theory 5) World-System Theory...
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