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    What are the three theories of sociology, and what do they entail?

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    According to Vissing (2011), theories are used to explain the reasons behind certain things. The three theories explaining sociology are the structural functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionists theories. Although we may not decide to follow one of these theories, we eventually use theories to form some of our thoughts in our daily lives; thus theories are important because they help us understand why things happen.

    Structural Functionalist Theory

    The functionalist theory claims that society consists of several different parts that are interrelated so that equilibrium exists; when all parts work together, society is in perfect balance. Robert Merton wrote a book explaining that the parts of ...

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    Explanations for the three sociological perspectives: structural functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interaction theories with 3 references provided.