Structural Functionalism

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1000
Professor
Brueggemann
Semester
Spring

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Unit 1 – 2/10/2014 STRUCTURAL FUNCTIONALISM ­Dominant in the 20  Century (1950s for the U.S.) ­Functionalism explains society as made up of a number of interrelated and independent  parts ALL necessary for society to function ­Because all elements are necessary, society is always in a state of equilibrium ­Ex: Society functions like the human body where every body part is necessary for the  function of the body Emile Durkheim (1858­1917) ­French­born ­His mother was a merchant’s daughter and father a rabbi ­Emile’s grandfather and great­grandfather also rabbis ­Teaching at Ecole, his writing were noticed by Louis Liard, who was influenced by  Durkheim leading him to officially include Social Science  ­In 1898, Durkheim founded the 1  French social science journal ­Durkheim was known for his inclusion of science in studying the social elements of life ­His lecture courses were the only one that were required ­In studying suicide, Durkheim defined and focused on what he termed social facts ­Social Facts refer to concepts, expectations, that come not from individual responses but  from the social community ­Social Facts are external to, and coercive of the individual actor ­Durkheim saw suicide not as the simple act of killing oneself, but as a social fact in 
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