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Sociological Perspectives

I need to use the theories: conflict theory, functionalism, and interactionist theories to explain social class difference and how such a place as Mott Haven can exist in the United States.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. Now, in relation to Mott Haven, since there is no particular detail expressed in your post to clarify why Mott Haven is a rarity, I have put in use some assumptions about its social make up as to relate it to the perspectives listed. Good luck with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass.

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Sociological Perspectives

Before going into the 3 sociological perspectives in questions, let us first discuss what social class is. Basically, it is a construct of society, allowing its members to be distinguished from each other in relation to their social and economic standing. If power and opportunities come to or are available to people due to their socio-economic standing, then social classes 'pigeonhole' people accordingly. At the moment, we refer to people belonging to lower class (lower median to poor), middle class (upper median to almost wealthy) and the upper class (wealthy to the very affluent). Much of America belongs to the Middle Class and it is from here that the demand of goods and services and the human resource needs of America are fuelled/answered. Now, social class also considers certain cultural and ethnic elements in distinguishing people and this is important in informing about people's cultural influences, origins and groups as historically, it is possible to learn patterns and trends regarding the particular groups and social classes and by doing so, sociologists are able to propose solutions as well as scenarios that most apply to solve certain social issues that plague them.

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The solution uses the social perspectives of conflict theory, functionalism and interactionism to provide answers to questions of social class and stratification and why a place like Mott Haven, New York exists. References are listed for expansion. A word version is attached for easy download and printing.