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Unformatted text preview: Reading: marx, weber Structural Functionalism: The social system is a like a biological organism It tends towards homeostasis (maintaining a stable state) The parts of a social system can be understood only in terms of their function for the whole i.e.: talcott parsons believed every institution of society has to have a function, and function well for society to function well-defined functioning well to be stable. Change was not a good thing-each institution within society (family, religion, econ) has to be stable-family stability maintained by division of labor between husband and wife -problem with this approach: tension in resist to change, assumes current system doesnt have problems Parsons limitations: remarkably uncritical of received prejudices about contemporary society he believed 50s really was the pinnacle of American society. Blind to many of the problems that were bubbling underneath the surface of the 1950s America....
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