Three Social Perspective: The Three Major Sociological Theories

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. The three main sociological perspective are: Structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism. Structural functionalism (Macro) is based largely on the works of George Herbert. According to functionalism, society is a system of interconnected parts that work together to maintain a state of balance and social equilibrium. Conflict theory (Macro) is a theory propounded by Karl Marx that claims society is in a state of consistent conflict due to competition for limited sources. Finally, symbolic interactionism (Micro) is a sociological perspective that is influential in many areas of the sociological discipline. Symbolic interactionism uses symbols; Face-to-face interactions. Microsociology concentrates on the interactions …show more content…
Max Weber (1864-1920) was an important European macro-sociological theorist during the Industrial Revolution (Ferris 28). The Weberian theory is not a minor branch of sociology, nor it is considered an offshoot of one of the major branches tree. Weber grew up in Berlin. His father was a successful entrepreneur. The concept “rationalization” was developed by Max Weber. Rationalization refers to the replacement of tradition, values, and emotion as persuaders for behavior in society with rational ones. Charles Wright Mills was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology of Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. For Wright Mills the sociological imagination was a quality of mind it allowed you to grasp relationships from your own personal self at how you fit in history and society. To put yourself put of your comfort zone and to put yourself into the public world, and experience the world how other people experience the world. This allowed you to see the sociological reality of everyday …show more content…
Indeed the saying; “you are what you eat” is true in many cases. If I had to choose a food topic and had to study it like a sociologist I would choose frozen food. I would do research on frozen food s much as possible. I would also gather information, make surveys, and set up interview to discuss the amount of frozen food and average person eats a week. For my kind of topic, I would use qualitative research, because I’m trying to gain the reasons, opinion, and motivation in which they eat frozen food instead of an alternative. The advantage of using a qualitative research instead of a quantitative is that I’m able gather the reasons of their actions. With quantitative you are gathering numerical data and transforming that into unstable statistics, and you’re also looking for their attitudes and behavior and other defined variables. Symbolic Interactionism would be the most helpful for my topic. I would be able to to sit down and have a face to face interactions and find the reasons to which they eat frozen food. The least helpful out of the three would be functionalism, because it ties in with the relationship between the parts of

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