functionalism summary

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  • functionalism
    • key sociological perspectives
    • society requires shared norms and values in order to function properly
    • institutions i.e. family, school, media - have clear social functions,
      • ensure a broad consensus about the norms and values of society - which enables organic and orderly social change.
    • use human body or organic analogy to explain different aspects of society - all interconnected and interdependent
      • problems in one area can lead to problems in another - disfunction

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