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Unformatted text preview: 2. Latent Functions Latent functions are functions that are unrecognized. They may even be important functions, but their consequence is not obvious. Example: • College students, in the course of pursuing their education, may make good friends. • Merton described college as a "mate selection market" where students meet prospective marriage partners. 3. Dysfunctions A perspective that is highly concerned about order is by definition concerned about what happens when social order breaks down. Merton uses the term dysfunction, which refers to a negative consequence that may disrupt the system. Dysfunction also conjures up the notion that a social phenomenon can be What is a Theoretical Perspective? functional in one setting and dysfunctional in another. Examples: Over Population Pollution...
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, latent functions, manifest functions, Robert Merton, manifest function