Unformatted text preview: • The origins of the functionalist perspective can be traced to the work of Herbert Spencer and Emile Durkheim . • The problem of maintaining social order is a central problem for understanding society . • Understanding society from a functionalist perspective is to visualize society as a system of interrelated parts. All the parts act together even though each part may be doing different things . • Institutions, such as family, education, and religion are the parts of the social system and they act to bring about order in society. • Integration of the various parts is important. When all the "parts" of the system work together, balance is maintained and the over all order of the system is achieved. • Social structures in society promote integration , stability , consensus , and balance ....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, Functionalist Perspective