Sociological Perspectives In Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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The sociological perspectives are ideas that make an effort to absorb and clarify events in the social behavior of humans. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers,” he attempts to give explanations for the reasons of why some people become successful, and some do not. These “outliers,” as he identifies them, are generally believed to hold a sort of talent and intellect that is distant from the average. He challenges this popular belief by researching the history of various well-known outliers.

In Chapter 2, “10,000 Hours,” Gladwell begins to discuss the reality and nature of “innate talent.” This is the skill, intelligence, and ability humans are fundamentally born with. He continues to say that innate talent does exist and that it will,
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This is because the functionalist perspective believes that societies function as a whole. In the process, it is held together by social structure, in which members decide upon, and apply effort together to attain a successful society. Functionalism also explains that each piece of society is reliant on other parts. For example, the success of a man achieving a degree in business, he may then construct his own business. This would result in him not only producing money for himself, but also providing that particular area with a convenience store. They also correspond with each other in the fact that success is not only found in people living in the United States, but all over the earth; given that the functionalist perspective is macro-level, this is where they …show more content…
He was the very last living named colleague of one of the most high-status law firms in New York, “Skadden, Arps.” Flom grew up in a Jewish family throughout the depression, he did well in school, and was eventually accepted into Harvard Law School with no college degree. He later graduated at one of the top in his class. When it came time to explore for jobs, he felt that he did not fit in at the major New York firms. This is where he united with a small group of men who wanted to begin their own firm. Today, that law firm, Skadden Arps, produces over one-billion a year. Gladwell gives an overview of some of the things that came together to help ensure Joe Flom’s success: He was presented with opportunities, his timing was perfect, and his cultural heritage had taught him important lessons about how to succeed in his culture. Gladwell looks at events and characteristics Flom and his friends had in common. He looks at Flom being Jewish, and to illustrate the importance of this point, Gladwell examines the lives and a career’s of some of Flom’s other Jewish associates. They all experienced something alike: they did not fit in with the big firms of the day, they were discriminated because of their faith, they all faced very similar obstacles, and though they were not experienced beforehand, they made incredible lawyers. He states, “Their world-their culture and generations and family

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