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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2S06
Professor
David Young
Semester
Fall

Description
Structural Functionalism Introductory Issues and Historical Overview A) What is structural functionalist theory? • Sociological theory that developed in the U.S in the early 20  century • Concerned with analysing two things o  Analyse the structures of society o  Analyse the function of these structures • Concerned with three sets of issues: o Social Institutions o Focus on the inter dependence of these institutions o Tries to show how these institutions contribute to the order and maintenance of  society B) The Emergence of Structural Functionalist theory • The influence of Emile Durkheim o Ideas paved the way for structural functionalism o But was not a structural functionalist o Durkheim was interested in the issue of social order o Theorized the inter dependence of organic solidarity • The Wor
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