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  • Society: Structural Functionalist Perspective - 1,825 words
    Society: Structural / Functionalist Perspective Take Home Exam 1 1. The Structural/Functionalist Perspective looks at society as a system of interrelated parts. It assumes that the majority of society shares the same core values and appropriate forms of behavior. It looks at how persistent patterns of behavior or social structures function to implement society's values. It distinguishes between manifest and latent orders. Manifest functions are those intended and easily recognized by most members of society. An example of this would be religion or churches. Latent functions are those that are neither readily apparent nor widely recognized. An example of this is the public welfare system. Sin ...
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  • America Has Seen A Great Amount Of Social Change During The Past Few Decades From They Way We Eat To The Way We Treat Our Cri - 694 words
    America has seen a great amount of social change during the past few decades. From they way we eat to the way we treat our criminals to the safety of our children at school, things have definitely changed. The rash of recent school shootings is a sure sign of the breakdown in parenting and a lack of family values being taught to our children. The highly processed foods that we are eating have led to a nation, which is severely overweight and ill. The Criminal Justice system in this country is a joke; it has been shown to be biased against minorities and the poor. A guilty rich man is known as a free man, while a poor murderer is destined for years on death row. In the Kip Kinkel article we a ...
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  • Can Sociology Be Value Free - 1,275 words
    ... er a disinterested academic one...the tradition thus has a double intent; on the one hand it engages in the primary sociological task of describing and documenting the 'state of society', on the other hand it addresses itself to central social and political issues (Halsey et al 1980 in McNeill 1990 p12) The conclusion that can be drawn from this is that there never has been a value free sociology, just an attempt to merge a value choice with objective research methods (McNeil 1990 p13) During the twentieth century the positivist approach that fostered the hypothetico-deductive mode, although rational in manner came to be seen as coldly logical. In favour, especially since the 1960s, has ...
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  • Computer Crime Has Become A Very Large Issue In Our Society Today This Paper Will Look At This Issue From A Sociological Pers - 1,444 words
    Computer Crime has become a very large issue in our society today; this paper will look at this issue from a sociological perspective. It will analyze the various crimes that make up computer crime and see what changes it has brought about in the world in which we live in. Computer crime first is a very new problem in our society today and it is crimes that are committed from a computer. These include embezzling, breaking into other computers, cyber porn and various other crimes that have a drastic affect on the society and the institutions that each of us hold to keep our global society running. To first understand computer crime one must understand first what crime is. According to Diana K ...
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  • Critique Of Andrew Abbott - 1,984 words
    Critique Of Andrew Abbott Part A: Summary Introduction: Andrew Abbotts book, The System of Professions: An Essay on the Division of Expert Labour contains a mix of comparative historical analysis and current evaluation, which is assembled within an analytical model that looks at professions from the viewpoint of their jurisdictions, the tasks they do, the expert knowledge needed for those tasks, and how competitive forces internally and externally work to change both the jurisdictions and the tasks. Abbott attempts to show that professions are interdependent systems, containing internal structures. He accomplishes this task by means of analyzing the emergence of modern professions and their ...
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  • Deviance - 648 words
    Deviance It seems to me that when I think about deviant behavior, I tend to think of murder, robbery and things of that nature. But even so, I still have engaged in a form of deviant behavior - I have pedaled pornography on the Internet. It is a minor thing as far as I am concerned but there are many that would put this act right up there with murder. From smutty words to filthy pictures, everyone has an opinion on pornography. And even though most people will argue that they don't like pornography in any form, the pornography industry is a lucrative world, so someone is buying it. I mean don't get me wrong, I believe in censorship when it comes to minors accessing pornography, and I as an a ...
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  • Discipline As Folklore - 828 words
    Discipline As Folklore There is no need to argue whether discipline has a role in society. The types, severity, and appropriateness are debatable, but it surely serves a purpose. This applies on a global scale, with groups such as NATO and the UN, all the way down to individual households. The family unit acts as a training camp for upcoming members of a community by teaching children what is expected of them through example and discipline. Though the methodology varies from household-to-household, culture-to-culture, place-to-place; we all have had to answer to authority at some point or another. The methods and lessons passed from generation to generation are preserved in the retelling of ...
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  • Euthanasia: Right To Die Or Wrong - 1,139 words
    Euthanasia: Right (to Die) or Wrong? There is no denying the controversy associated with the topic of euthanasia. There are many opinions allied with the right to end ones life if they are suffering. Some groups feel that it should be illegal, others feel it should be legalized. Regardless of opinion, the question remains: Should a person be given the option to request assistance in dying? (www.relgioustolerance.org) Euthanasia comes from a Greek term good death. However, the word has gained a much more complicated meaning in the recent times. Euthanasia is a rationally, considered plan to end a life because of pain and suffering due to a terminal illness. (www.rights.org) Euthanasia is ofte ...
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  • Feminists Andd Sociology Of Family - 1,188 words
    Feminists andd Sociology of Family ASSESS THE CONTRIBUTION OF FEMINISTS TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY Feminists have played a major part in the ideology of the family, as they provide an alternative view to the traditional sociology of the family. There are many different types of feminists; the main ones are Radical feminists, Marxist feminist and liberal feminists. Although they are categorised separately, they fundamentally believe in the same idea, which is the dominant functionalist assumptions are inaccurate and should therefore be challenged. Functionalists believe that in the family, the role of the woman is functional when she plays a necessary 'expressive' role, providing care and ...
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  • From Unilineal Cultural Evolution To Functionalism - 1,037 words
    From Unilineal Cultural Evolution To Functionalism Several anthropological theories emerged during the early twentieth century. Arguably, the most important of these was Functionalism. Bronislaw Malinowski was a prominent anthropologist in Britain during that time and had great influence on the development of this theory. Malinowski suggested that individuals have certain physiological needs and that cultures develop to meet those needs. Malinowski saw those needs as being nutrition, reproduction, shelter, and protection from enemies. He also proposed that there were other basic, culturally derived needs and he saw these as being economics, social control, education, and political organizati ...
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  • Functionalism - 876 words
    Functionalism Functionalism Functionalism is the sociological theory which holds that each part of society is necessary for the functioning of the social organism. There are several elements in the functionalist paradigm which explain how society functions to maintain the social organism and keep it alive. These elements, or tenets of functionalism are cohesion, integration, solidarity, and equilibrium. These elements explain how society is divided into its different functional parts, with each part dependent on the other, and the amassed parts adding up to the structural whole of society. According to Emile Durkheim there are two kinds of societies with one being simple and mechanic and the ...
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  • Functionalism Conflict Theory And Symbolic Interaction - 548 words
    Functionalism Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interaction The functionalist thoery can be traced to a movement in the late nineteenth-century under the influences of Darwinism on the biological and social sciences. It is an attempt to understand the world, and it tests the cause and effect of sociological behavior. Some of the more famous functionalists are Charles Darwin, Emile Durkheim, and Horace Kallen. Horace Kallen's article in the article in the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, states that functionalism has influenced every discipline. In psychology, it led to the substitution of the stream of consciousness for states of mind. In philosophy, it led to the rise of pragmatism and instr ...
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  • Global Capitalism - 1,063 words
    Global Capitalism Global capitalism and the state 'Globalization' is a term that has come to be used in recent years increasingly frequently and, arguably, increasingly loosely. In a close analysis of the term, the author focuses on the concept of globalization as the transcendence (rather than the mere crossing or opening) of borders arguing that this interpretation offers the most distinctive and helpful insight into contemporary world affairs. The article goes on to explore one of the key questions raised by this trend, namely how the growth of supraterritorial space has altered capitalism in general, and the role of the state within capitalism in particular. The author concludes by sugge ...
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  • How Overpopulation Causes Social Problems - 1,470 words
    How Overpopulation Causes Social Problems How Overpopulation Causes Social Problems Introduction The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how overpopulation causes social problems. To do so you must take many things into consideration, such as different views of racial problems and conflicting definitions of a social problem. Social problems can be defined in many different ways. They effect everyone and some of us encounter problems everyday as a result of our race, religion, gender, or low income. Others experience problems from technological change or declining neighborhoods, others are affected directly by crime and violence in their own neighborhood, and sometimes definitions of soci ...
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  • In The Nineties The World Has Been Faced With Many Different Crimes And Social Deviences - 822 words
    In The Nineties The World Has Been Faced With Many Different Crimes And Social Deviences In the nineties the world and society has been faced with many different crimes and social deviancies, most of which have been as a result of rebellion and a form of expression. Whether it is to force a change or to create something new deviance is at a strong high. At the dawn of a new millenium some of society feel the need to express themselves in proscriptive norms and "leave our mark" on the world. The words "deviance" and "crime" are two words often mistaken for each other. Crime is a unlawful activity while deviance is a behavior that is different from that of the accepted social or moral standard ...
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  • It Is A Common Belief That The Decline Of Fatherhood Is One Of The Most Basic, Unexpected, And Extraordinary Social Trends Of - 1,224 words
    It is a common belief that "the decline of fatherhood is one of the most basic, unexpected, and extraordinary social trends of our time" (Tischler, 2001, p.19). However, the opposing view of this standpoint is that there is no decline in fatherhood. There are very few people saying that they doubt the fundamental importance of mothers, yet there are those that believe that the importance of a father figure is diminishing (Tischler, 2001). There are even those who see the father position in a family to be easily replaceable with another figure such as a stepfather, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or any other person (Tischler, 2001). My view on the topic of whether or not a father is needed in a fa ...
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  • Please Do Not Plagiarism My Paper - 1,487 words
    Please do not plagiarism my paper The Three Key Concepts of Sociology Applied to Analyzing Single-Parent Families What is the term family? What does it mean? Who decides what makes up a family? The definition of family means "a set of relations especially parents and children" (American Century Dictionary 205). This might include anyone related to by blood or by adoption such as: step parents, grandparents acting as parents, and even brothers and sisters sometimes sharing the same household. The term family has been believed to coincide with the word "marriage". If you were to have a family, you were also thought to have a husband or wife. This was thought to be the norm for many centuries. ...
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  • Proposition 227: The Crisis Of Democracy And The Indoctrination Of Our Children - 2,378 words
    ... epresent some of the latest in series of attacks on the civil rights gains made during the sixties. Proposition 209 is another recent attack on Affirmative Action which was a major force in guaranteeing equal rights of minorities in the workplace. Proposition 209 would do away with Affirmative Action and thus allow businesses to discriminate against racial minorities in their hiring practices. This effort to institutionalize a practice of discrimination in the business sector, represented by 209, is specifically designed to prevent racial minorities from moving up the economic ladder and gain political consciousness, which will lead to political power. Politics is the struggle for power. ...
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  • Religion: A Sociological Approach - 961 words
    Religion: A Sociological Approach November 29, 2000 Religion What is religion? "That's easy," I thought. Then I could not come up with an answer. For the answer I turn to my Webster's Random House New Collegiate Dictionary only to find: "religion (ri lij'en), n. 1. A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usu. involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code for conduct of human affairs. 2. A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion. 3. The body of persons adhering to a p ...
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  • Social Systems - 1,663 words
    Social Systems WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE CONCEPT OF A SOCIAL SYSTEM? A social system as a concept in sociological theory is one of great importance and indeed necessary. As a theoretical concept and component of theoretical explanation, it highlights the intricate nature of the society we live in. (Craib 1992) Talcott Parsons, a dominant functionalist theorist, focused much of his work on the concept of a social system. (Water 1994) Such a concept is indeed synonymous with his work. Whilst there is no universal sociological definition of the concept, Parsons defined a social system as: a plurality of individual actors interacting with each other in a situation which has at ...
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