Course: SOC 100 (1708): Culture and Society | Spring 2020 | Prof. Alapo

02/13 Assignment

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      Nathaniel Cassell
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      Nathaniel Cassell

      Sociology Homework 02/13

      Summarize the contributions of Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Karl Marx to the field of sociology. Be sure to note any theoretical differences they may have had with one another.

      Émile Durkheim: Structural Functional

      Émile Durkheim believed that society was constructed of a group of connected structures that were in unison supporting each other. Emile was interested in studying the social factors that affect how the population worked as they do and how social ties of suicides were influenced by religion.

      Karl Marx’s Conflict Theory

      Karl Marx believes that the instead of working together, the groups in society compete with each other for dominance. It seems as if its a struggle for power. Karl Marx acknowledged members of the society to be in different social classes that would lead to them eventually competing socially, politically, and economically for resources and necessities for survival.

      Max Webber’s Symbolic Theory

      Max Webber believed that Sociology needed to focus on individual social situations and the meaning that they attach to them. His work explains social behavior in terms of the way people interact with each other through symbols such as gestures and languages.

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