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Functionalism, Conflict Theory, and Social Interactionism

Discuss how the three major sociological perspectives of functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism view the role of social institutions in society.

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Sociological Perspectives & Social Institutions

Sociological perspectives are theories, philosophies and viewpoints from which social scientists 'view' and study society - its intricate elements and underlying mechanism for the purpose of understanding how it works in order to explain social phenomena. There are 3 'main' perspectives that are usually turned to by experts for this purpose although it doesn't mean that they are the only 3 in existence - there are a number of perspectives in the social sciences and the sociological perspective chosen to be used depends on the phenomenon studied and the 'school of ...

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The solution provides a discussion and explanation of the 3 main sociological perspectives (functionalism, conflict theory, and social interactionism) used in social science studies and research in the form of a concise 536-word APA format essay. References, both web & print are listed. A word form of the solution is attached for easy printing.