King Merton (1910-2003) is a self-styled “Durkheimian,” writing very much in
the functional tradition. In conceiving of society as a system it becomes
natural to see it, like other systems, as composed of parts that are
interrelated and whose operations have consequences on the whole. For example,
when examining a simple system like the human body it becomes readily apparent
that the various organs are interrelated and impact the overall health of the
body. So is it with sociocultural systems. Functional analysis is a consequence
of thinking of society as a total system. Functionalism is the analysis of
social phenomena in terms of their effect on other phenomena and on the
sociocultural system as a whole.
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