Functionalism Theory

INTRODUCTION
The functionalist perspective, also called functionalism, is one of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology. It has its origins in the works of Emile Durkheim, who was especially interested in how social order is possible or how society remains relatively stable.

Functionalism interprets each part of society in terms of how it contributes to the stability of the whole society. Society is more than the sum of its parts; rather, each part of society is functional for the stability of the whole society. The different parts are primarily the institutions of society, each of which is organized to fill different needs and each of which has particular consequences for the form and shape of society. The parts all depend on each other.

For example, the government, or state, provides education for the children of the family, which in turn pays taxes on which the state depends to keep itself running. The family is dependent upon the school to help children grow up to have good jobs so that they can raise and support their own families. In the process, the children become law-abiding, taxpaying citizens, who in turn support the state. If all goes well, the parts of society produce order, stability, and productivity. If all does not go well, the parts of society then must adapt to recapture a new order, stability, and productivity. 
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APA

Pagli, D. (2018). Functionalism Theory. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/functionalism-theory-1759

MLA 8th

Pagli, Don "Functionalism Theory" Afribary. Afribary, 29 Jan. 2018, https://afribary.com/works/functionalism-theory-1759. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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Pagli, Don . "Functionalism Theory". Afribary, Afribary, 29 Jan. 2018. Web. 22 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/functionalism-theory-1759 >.

Chicago

Pagli, Don . "Functionalism Theory" Afribary (2018). Accessed May 22, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/functionalism-theory-1759

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