AQA Sociology A2 - Parsonian Functionalism - Part 1, AGIL

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1. Synoptic Link - Which one of these specifically thought the family would be classed as a 'functional prerequisite'.

  • Ann Oakley
  • George Murdock
  • Charles Murray
  • Robert Merton
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2. What is functional interdependence?

  • A term to describe the correlation between educational achievement and social class.
  • A term to describe how all social institutions rely on each other to work.
  • A term to describe how individuals function within society itself.
  • A term to describe how society depends upon individuals to exist.

3. 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

4. What is a functional prerequisite?

  • A method of interdependence.
  • A requirement [for people] to live.
  • A basic need [for society] to survive.
  • A type of social institution.

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

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

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