Culture and Identity - Perspectives - Functionalism

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  • Functionalism says that the individual is a product of society.
  • Emile Durkheim society is made up of many different institutions.
  • Each of these institutions have a particular function.
  • Durkheim and his followers are known as functionalists.
  • Functionalism is a structural theory.
  • Some examples of institutions are the family, education and religion.
  • Functionalists believe that the structures of society are set up to help society run as smoothly as possible.
  • Durkheim believed that individuals internalise the norms and values of their culture, this means that they become part of their personality, identity and who they




Really helpful thanks :)



very helpful in explaining Functionalism with regards to both culture and identity!

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