May 13, 2010

Structural Functionalism

  • Society's stability derives from its structure, organisation
  • Various groups within society perform activities that contribute to overall harmony
  • society=organism;  each part performs a useful function
Constituent elements (norms, customs, traditions, etc.) of a social structure are examined in terms of their function.

Social institutions interact as an inter-related system: none act as independent 'causes'.

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