Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Functional Conflict

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?

1 comment:

  1. Fuctional and Conflic theory suggest that society functions so that each individual participant and its groups struggle to maximize their benefits. They also suggest that inequality is universal, necessary, and functional for society so that all roles are fulfilled. in theory they make sense but as a person that actually cares for the well being of everyone, i just cant agree with these theories. It makes money value more important than human value.