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The Sociological perspectives

1). Briefly, compare the differences (in your own words if you like) among the three major theoretical perspectives in sociology (structural-functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism).

2). Give three examples, each of a social work issue from the three theoretical perspectives, used in sociology.

Structural-Functionalism (hypothetical example of work issue)

Conflict Theory (hypothetical example of work issue)

Symbolic Interactionism (hypothetical example of work issue)

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular problem, you are being tasked to do 2 things - to compare and contrast the sociological perspectives and to provide an example of each from the viewpoint of a social work issue. Don't worry; it is not too complex a task. I suggest using a structure as such -

1. On the sociological perspectives - discuss each.
2. Examples of each from social work

You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

The sociological perspectives

In sociology, we use 3 primary theories to explore and study social dynamics and human society. Sociology is the study of human society, an investigation of its structure and inner machinations - what makes social dynamics and human society as it is. What drives changes and maintains systems, what shapes relationships, groups, identities and cultural practices. All of these are explored in sociology so we can better understand human society. There are 3 primary sociological perspectives and they are as follows:

Functionalism is all about seeing society as a machine wherein the whole is the sum of its parts. We can therefore see it in this manner - the government provides administration and social order, schools provide education, and families provide belonging, socialization and primary care, etc. Individual members of society have given functions too dependent on their roles, ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of sociological perspectives. The theories of functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic-interactionism is explored, exemplified through hypothetical workplace issues. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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