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Jacqueline Reyes 9/14/10 SO101 Short Paper #1: Theoretical Perspectives Society’s perspective on welfare depends on what side of the spectrum people see things from. Negative comments about welfare usually come from people who have never experience being on welfare. They judge welfare recipients based on their own conclusions. The most common notion is that welfare recipients are lazy and prefer having babies to stay on welfare than working. These ideas are known as welfare stigma. Theorists knew societies would work this way that is why this type of judgment exists. The two main theoretical perspectives that best explain why welfare stigma exists are structural functionalism and symbolic interactionism. Everyone can agree that the welfare system is structure to help society, but what can be argued are the functions that are used. Many critics are unhappy with the outcomes of the welfare system. In society the welfare system’s main manifest is to help people economically, those who are struggling to maintain a living. The latent function of welfare is to help keep the
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2011 for the course SOC-SOC SO101 taught by Professor Takikomorisaunders during the Fall '10 term at Montgomery CC.

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