Class2_Discussion2_Week1 - and this continuous argument is...

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You are a sociologist who uses the conflict perspective to study various aspects of our society. How do you think you would interpret the practice of prostitution? Contrast this view with the functionalist perspective. Do you think your comments would differ if you took the feminist view, if so, how? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings. Conflict Perspective – social world is characterized by continual struggle between competing groups. Who benefits, who suffers, and who dominates at the expense of others. Conflict between men and women, moral and immoral, legalization and no legalization. To see the world through a conflict perspective we see the world in a continuous battle between groups. The practice of prostitution is just another example of the “social unrest” (p. 15) we experience in our every day lives. It is the fight between the moral and the immoral
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Unformatted text preview: and this continuous argument is just another avenue to explore us as a society. In contrast, looking at prostitution from a functionalist perspective one would say it is just a part of our society. Talcott Parsons (1902 – 1979) said “that if an aspect of social life does not contribute to a society’s stability or survival” (p. 14) it would not be passed from generation to generation. Although immoral, prostitution does add to our society’s stability or it would not be considered the “oldest profession”. My concerns if my views were feminist would be when our society thinks of prostitution we think of low-class, low self-esteemed, immoral women. We forget that there is such a thing as a gigolo, however they are more likely to be considered “cool” or accommodating lonely women which would be the opposite of how we portray female prostitutes. force...
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 312 taught by Professor Thomas during the Summer '10 term at Ashford University.

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