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Theoretical Perspectives

Theoretical Perspectives - • The Conflict Perspective The...

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Theoretical Perspectives Contemporary sociologists acknowledge three general theoretical perspectives,  or ways of looking at how various social phenomena are related to one another.  These are the functionalist, the conflict, and the symbolic  interactionist perspectives. The Functionalist Perspective.  The structural-functional-or, more simply,  functionalist-perspective sees society as a system. Functionalists identify the  structural characteristics and  functions  and  dysfunctions  of institutions, and  distinguish between  manifest functions  and  latent functions.  Functionalists  also typically assume that most members of a society share a consensus  regarding their core beliefs and values.
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Unformatted text preview: • The Conflict Perspective. The conflict approach draws much of its inspiration from the work of Karl Marx and argues that the structure of society and the nature of social relationships are the result of past and ongoing conflicts. • The Interactionist Perspective. Symbolic interactionists contend that society is possible because human beings have the ability to communicate with one another by means of symbols. They say that we act toward people, objects, and events on the basis of the meanings we impart to them. Consequently, we experience the world as constructed reality....
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