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September 15 th , 2006 Soci201-16 Victor Perez Social Theory o Structural Functionalism- theorizes society as a complex system of inter-related parts that work together Most scientific and objective way of analyzing society Does not focus on change Focuses on social structures (stable patterns of behavior) and functions of those structures for the operation of society as a whole Manifest functions- intended consequences of a social structure Latent functions- unintended consequences of a social structure Herbert Spencer- society is like a body Robert Murton (1910-2003)- people rarely perceive all the functions of social structure and it is the sociologist’s job to uncover those functions Kingsley Davis- prostitution is an outlet for people to engage in sexual behavior for those unable to obtain it Critics say that if you accept society as it, then you object it can change o Social Conflict- theorizes there is an arena of conflict between groups and
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