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1 Structural Functionalism HDFS 3301 Dr. Trejos History of Structural Functionalism Functional theory, as it is often called, is based on the “organic analogy.” – This is the idea that society is like the human body. Just as the body is made up of various parts that need to function together and properly for it to be healthy, so is society. – Each part needs to be in a state of equilibrium , or balance. History Important Individuals Comte introduced “positivism”—the view that social science should be based on empirical observations— into social thought. Durkheim concerned with how social systems are integrated and hold themselves together.
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