Chapter 1 Part 2 - FUNCTIONALISM Human behavior is governed...

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FUNCTIONALISM Human behavior is governed by relatively stable patterns of social structures Social structures maintain or undermine social stability Social structures are based mainly on shared values Reestablishment of equilibrium can solve social problems CONFLICT THEORY Focuses on large, macro-level structures. Major patterns of inequality in society produce social stability Members of the privileged groups try to maintain their advantages while subordinate groups struggle to increase theirs Eliminating the privilege will lower the level of conflict and improve human welfare SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM Focuses on face-to-face interaction Adequate explanation of social behavior requires understanding the subjective meanings people attach to social circumstances People help create their social circumstances and do not merely react to them Symbolic interactionists validate unpopular and nonofficial viewpoints FEMINISM Focuses on various aspects of patriarchy
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This note was uploaded on 10/08/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Coulaguori during the Fall '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Chapter 1 Part 2 - FUNCTIONALISM Human behavior is governed...

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