The Three Sociological Paradigms : Structural Functionalist Paradigms

739 Words Sep 11th, 2016 3 Pages
The three sociological paradigms are structural-functionalist paradigms, conflict paradigms, and symbolic interaction paradigm. Structural-functionalist explains why social stratification exists, conflict paradigms argues that stratification is dysfunctional and harmful to the society, while the symbolic interactionist perspective discusses the differences that stratification produces for everyday interaction. Social stratification is the status of people based on wealth and other possessions a society values. In this essay, I will be focusing on the topic “Poverty” and will be discussing how poverty is related to the three sociological paradigms. Poverty as a structural-functionalist paradigm. Structural-functionalist explains that stratification and inequality profit the society. It ensures that the greatest people are at the top and those who are not worthy at the bottom. Those who are at the top are given power and privileges that those at the bottom do not even dare dream about. This theory explains that inequality ensures that the most important jobs are occupied by the best qualified people. It also implies that if people are poor, it is because they do not have the ability to attain the skills and knowledge necessary for the important, high-paying jobs. For example, coal miners or shoe shiners earn much less money on the average than lawyers which still makes them to remain at the bottom. Furthermore, poor people do the work that other people do not want to do and…

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