Structural Functional Theory Of Social Interaction

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Social interaction and Structural-function Theory works hand in hand in molding a society to become what it is, starting out between two people and affecting the complex society as a whole. According to Pam Nugent “Social Interaction is a process of reciprocal stimulation or response between 2 people. It develops competition, interaction, influences social roles and status and people for social relationships.” The 2 concepts that will be described are Status and Roles. It is very important for there to be status and role, whereby these 2 concept is what define a person at given time. A person will have various roles and status depending on the situation they are in.
Status
Individuals have multiple status assigned to them for a given time.
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An achieved status is one that is acquired on the basis of merit; it is a position that is earned or chosen and reflects a person's skills, abilities, and efforts (Crossman, 2017). An example of an achieved status is being a lawyer or a professional athlete since it is something some achieves or is earned. On the other hand, an ascribed status is an involuntary position. It is not earned, but rather something people are either born with or had no control over (Crossman, 2017). An example of an ascribed status are sex, race and nationality. There achieved status is one that is voluntary and ascribed status is …show more content…
The two major element of social interactions are Status and Role, which is found in every individual belonging to a society. This is why it is interconnected to the structural-function theory, because an individual status and role can be linked to his/her family, school, businesses, government, healthcare, religion and economy; which is also the foundation of a structural-function theory. The Belizean society is like a spider’s web, a person has a role to play in family, school, government etc. Throughout the day, our roles and status change, we play a role when we get up, and when we leave our homes; that role and status change, and it might change several times depending on what we do in life. We can become teachers, students, supervisors, employees, parents, sibling and so many other things in one day. All of these roles and statuses makes our country function as a whole, we contribute one way or another to every aspects of our society, through our social

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