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  • sees the bigger picture

  • believes that society creates and controls people

  • sees society as a whole

  • see society as made up of structures that control behaviour though norms and values


•  Are sometimes called social systems or structuralist


•  Emphasise the power of society over the individual

•  Believe the individual is largely controlled by society

•  Think that society is in us, moulding our thoughts and

   directing our actions

•   Argue that we are socialised in terms of the culture of


•   Say that our behaviour is shaped by the social structure,

  •   we are kept


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