Major Theories in Sociological Perspective

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Major Theories in Sociological PerspectiveNameClassDateProfessorMajor Theories in Sociological Perspective In sociology the goal of the theorist is to relate social phenomena to different perspectives on social behavior. Just like in other theoretical perspectives sociology is made up of various different theories. The major theories based on the sociological perspective include functionalist perspective, the conflict perspective, the feminist perspective and the symbolic interactionist perspectives. The functionalist perspective provides a better explanation for all functions in society finding society is interdependent and contributes to society's functioning as a whole but other major theoretical perspectives offer valid explanations for society's functions. While the functionalist perspective is the most valid in my perspective, other major sociological theories provide theories on societal functions. The conflict perspective finds that challenges by members or groups in society result in positive social change. Under this theory conflict is not necessarily bad but can be the catalyst that allows for the lives of citizens to be bettered. Critics of the conflict theory find that the theory ignores positive aspects of society that can result in change for a more negative view. Conflict theories find the competition between groups in society that results in conflict is the result of discriminatory practices or unequal aspects in society

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