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Theoretical Perspectives in SociologyKayla WeberCollege of Nursing and Health Care Professions, Grand Canyon UniversitySOC-102: Principles of SociologyProfessor JonesJanuary 24, 20211
Sociology is the study of human group behavior. The way different groups act and behaveis often seen as the sociological perspective. Sociological perspective can be seen as the reasonwhy humans carry themselves differently in a group setting, rather than an individual setting.Sociological perspectives correlate to a few theories; structural functionalism, conflict theory,and symbolic interactionism.The science of sociology uses many theories, including structural functionalism.Structural functionalism is a theory that “society is a complex system whose parts work togetherto promote solidarity and stability” (LibreText, 2020). Basically, structural functionalism is thetheory that views society as a complete unit, there are different parts that generally make up onesociety. This is the theory that I sociologically view the world in. A great example is the politicalstructure of the nation. The government is made up of many roles, specifically enacted to benefitits citizens. In addition, the government may pass laws that then force them to interact with theeducation or economic structure. All in all, society is built upon the recurring actions of others.Through personal experience, like grocery shopping or even dining at restaurants, employeestend to move as one. In my day to day life I depend on others ultimately bringing me structure.

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