Parsons: Meritocracy


Functionalism: Parsons, Meritocracy

  • Draws many of Durkhein's ideas. 
  • Sees the school as the 'focal socialising agency' in modern society, acting as a bridge between the family and wider society. 
  • Bride needed because family and society operate on different principles. 
  • Children need to learn a new way of living so that they can cope. 


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