Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Both of these theories set up unique paradigms that are extremely useful in understanding society at large. Functionalism is useful in understanding how societies operate and perpetuate their existence, while conflict theories will allow for the understanding of inequality and how populations are manipulated and exploited. A normal critique of structural functionalism is that it can be used as a justification for accepting marginalization and exploitation of populations. With conflict theory there is clearly a tendency to cynicism. How much use are these theories individually and coupled?