Functionalist on inequality

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  • Funtionalist theory on inquality
    • AKA Consensus theory
      • individual is controlled in society like a puppet on string
    • inequality has a funtcion in society
      • Create motivation
        • if all careers in society were paid same wage and had same rewards = no motivation to train and study for jobs with high pay etc
    • society being unequal -it's unavoidable
      • People born with different levels of talent
    • We all have equal opportunity to succeed
    • Supported by Parsons, Durkheim, Davis & Moore
      • Durkheim:  best if parents did not pass their privledge to children through inheritance- this will force children to make their own success
  • ask what are the functions things in society
    • Funtionalist theory on inquality
      • AKA Consensus theory
        • individual is controlled in society like a puppet on string
      • inequality has a funtcion in society
        • Create motivation
          • if all careers in society were paid same wage and had same rewards = no motivation to train and study for jobs with high pay etc
      • society being unequal -it's unavoidable
        • People born with different levels of talent
      • We all have equal opportunity to succeed
      • Supported by Parsons, Durkheim, Davis & Moore
        • Durkheim:  best if parents did not pass their privledge to children through inheritance- this will force children to make their own success
    • e.g family, education, Govt.

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