AQA Sociology A2 - Parsonian Functionalism - Part 1, AGIL

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1. What is functional interdependence?

  • A term to describe how society depends upon individuals to exist.
  • A term to describe how individuals function within society itself.
  • A term to describe how all social institutions rely on each other to work.
  • A term to describe the correlation between educational achievement and social class.
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2. Which 2 functional prerequisites are "Expressive Needs" (some made up needs are here so that the answer to another question isn't revealed) ?

  • Adaptation & Goal Attainment
  • Interconnectivity & Achievement
  • Integration & Latency
  • Grand Hierarchy & Leaders

3. Basic Recap: What is the first name of Parsons?

  • Tallon
  • Talcum
  • Talcott
  • Talcon

4. Which of these is NOT a major criticism of Parson's theory (all others are)?

  • He doesn't offer any framework for improving existing social systems.
  • He provided no source of official statistics to prove his theory.
  • Postmodernists could argue modern society is far too complex to be seen as harmonious.
  • Very conservative - ignores power of some to impose their goals and assumes consensus.
  • Teleological - explains all institutions via their effect, not the cause.
  • Deterministic - he makes man (people) seem like cogs in a machine.

5. What famous analogy does Parsons use to compare society with the human body?

  • Functional Analogy
  • Organic Analogy
  • Institutional Analogy
  • Warm Bath Analogy


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