Functionalism and Conflict

Functionalism and Conflict - Functionalism, Conflict Theory...

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Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Feminist Theory Main Assumptions of Functionalism 1. A society is a system of integrated parts. 2. Social systems tend to be stable because they have built-in mechanisms of control. 3. Dysfunctions do not exist, but tend to resolve themselves or become institutionalized in the long run. 4. Change is usually gradual. 5. Social integration is produced by the agreement of most members of society on a certain set of values. The value system is the most stable element of the social system. Effects of functionalism on Women according to Feminist theory 1. Women had limited mobility due to pregnancy and child care functions and therefore being close to home has been reinforced throughout history. 2. Men were hunters and provided most of the food for the family, thus women became largely dependent on men for food and protection. 3. The pattern of dominance emerged and has been institutionalized, and therefore difficult to change. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course SCWK 202 taught by Professor Lynch during the Spring '08 term at St. Francis PA.

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