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Feminist View - Prostitution

You are a sociologist who uses the conflict perspective to study various aspects of our society.

1. How do you think you would interpret the practice of prostitution?
2. Contrast this view with the functionalist perspective.
3. Do you think your comments would differ if you took the feminist view, if so, how?

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1. You are a sociologist who uses the conflict perspective to study various aspects of our society. How do you think you would interpret the practice of prostitution?

Conflict theories emphasize the unequal distribution of power and resources in society. From the conflict theories like Karl Marx, there is conflict between class structures where the dominant society controls the resources, and uses its power to make institutional rules and belief systems that support its power. Within this macro-system of inequality, a person engaged in "prostitution" is one that is at a disadvantage in some way, such as economically, socially, educationally etc. and is being utilized by another person, entity or organization whereby they are exploited to derive an advantage in an economic, social, educational etc. situation. In a capitalist society, certain disadvantaged people are forced into deviance and crime to sustain themselves. Both parties receive some benefit from the prostitution interaction. However, there is a different is the level of desired vs. actual satisfaction from participation in the interaction accrued to each participant. Unlike functionalists who focus on values and conformity to societal norms, conflict theories see prostitution and other forms of deviant forms of making money (drug ...

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By addressing the questions, this solution explores the concept of prostitution from various Sociological perspectives. Supplemented with an informative article expanding on the feminist view on prostitution. References are provided.

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