The Structural Functionalist Perspective, Conflict Theory, And Symbolic Interactionism Perspective

703 Words Sep 26th, 2015 3 Pages
T.V. has constantly been a wellspring of contention in the United States. How it influences our general public and the general population inside of it are inquiries that individuals have been thinking about since it was made. From a sociological perspective, we see that how much of an effect T.V. has on us according to theories, such as the structural-functionalist theory/perspective, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism perspective. 1. The structural-functionalist perspective is a theory stating that society is made of parts; each part has a function contributing to society’s wellbeing. All of the different parts of society contain a scale of importance, which reflects upon the necessity of that part meaning the more important, the more of a necessity that part is. People who believe in the structural-functionalist perspective might view television as a waste of time and fail to see its importance in society’s wellbeing. They might question why people waste so much time viewing ads and shows while society needs as much improvement as it can get. Those who have more of an open view of the theory might see television as an actual benefit to society. They might state that television boosts the economic value of society and allows societies to project the same values and beliefs that keep the idea of structural-functionalism running. The Social conflict theory, or just the conflict theory states that society’s “parts” and there functions should not and are not equal;…

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