The Major Perspectives Of Sociology Essay

929 Words Oct 12th, 2015 4 Pages
In Sociology, society can be viewed in multiple ways. There is no one straight way of studying human behavior for it is a complex and multi dimensional concept that is better understood with various angles of interpretations. Although there is no one approach that’s correct by itself, Sociologists are still able to draw on multiple understanding of sociology to better understand of social behavior and human groups. With the following information on the five major perspectives of sociology, one will be able to better understand that sociology can be viewed from multiple angles that can either be similar or different from one another. It will compare the similarities and differences amongst functionalism, conflict theory, feminism, queer theory, and interactionism.
A society where all living organisms play an important role to maintain stability and continue to survive is known as the functionalist perspective. According to Talcott Parsons, a key figure in functionalism, a society is an interconnected network of different parts that help maintain the system of society as a whole (Schaefer 14). In turn, if one aspect of life is not promoted, it will not be passed on to the next generation, but not every part of society contributes to the stability of social life and one dysfunctional aspect, whether one might view it as dysfunctional depends on their own beliefs, can disrupt social stability. The functionalist perspective is also the study of macrosociology where entire…

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