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

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      Kimberly Sinche

      Emile Durkheim believed in Functionalism. He focused on seeing society divided into structural functions that relate to one another to provide order and stability. The different structural parts exist to serve a purpose and are tied together to work as a whole. When it no longer has value it will no longer exist.

      Karl Marx believed in Conflict Theory. Its theory can be said to be like a survival of the fittest. There is a competition for resources and opportunities. The more resources you have, the more powerful you are. This created inequality amongst others and in society.

      Max Weber believed in Symbolic Interaction. It is the communication within a society or others through behavior and gestures. They have meaning although we all may not interpret them the same way as an individual. These interpretations and symbols have a role within the connections of individuals.


      It can be said that Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx believed in viewing on a larger spectrum of society whereas Max Weber focused mainly on viewing the individual first and then interpreting their role into society as a whole.


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