AQA Sociology A2 - Parsonian Functionalism - Part 2, Social Equlibrium

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1. What does Parsons say about our common values & beliefs?

  • That we have a genuine commitment to them.
  • That they are defined at the age of 18.
  • That they are shaped entirely by our own actions.
  • That we can adjust them/they are flexible.
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2. Why does society need to have Value Consenus?

  • We don't need it.
  • It acts as a glue to mould us together.
  • It ensures all institutions are interdependent.
  • To allow fair mobility through careers.

3. Which of these is a type of FORMAL social control?

  • Grounding (by Parents)
  • Court of Law
  • Truancy
  • Peer Pressure

4. What is value consensus?

  • Where all institutions in society co-operate towards one central goal/value.
  • A form of oppression described by Marxists.
  • Mutual agreement amongst society about what values to regard as important.
  • A type of survey carried out to determine individual's personal values.

5. What is Social Equilibrium?

  • Where the number of people in society and the number of crimes match up.
  • Where value consensus and the warm bath theory are both in place.
  • Where there is balance & harmony amongst Society with regards to socialisation and social control.
  • Where there is balance & harmony amongst Society with regards to social classes.


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