Essay on What You Know About This
Culture and Society
May 13, 2012
The social situation that I would like to address in this essay is the problem of crime in our society. We all know that crime is on the rise, most likely due to inequalities in race, education, social class, skills, financial status, and religious beliefs and values. Of course, both functionalists and conflict theorists are marco-level, but have differing views on the reasons for, and reactions to, crime in our society today. Interactionist on the other had is micro-level, meaning it is not that useful to the world.
Functionalists believe that crime is important for a society. Crime shows other member of the society what is right and wrong. Social agreement …show more content…
The Symbolic Interactionist theory, promoted by George Herbert Mead and Charles H. Cooley, is concerned with the meanings that people places are on their own and others' behavior. Unlike functionalists, interactionists focus on subjective aspects of social life, instead of the objective structural aspects of social systems. For interactionists, focus is shifted away from stable norms and values, and toward continually readjusting social processes. Criminal activity, like any behavior is learned through interaction. Involvement in deviant groups teaches people that crime is okay and teaches us the skills to engage in it. Crime is also promoted through comparison with others around them. If they their friends have material goods, they might be influenced to engage in criminal behavior in order to obtain these things. Most interactionists will argue, if crime is learned than it can be unlearned.
Functionalism highlights order and cohesion of society as the backbone of social order. Conflict theorists emphasize inequality and power in society as the ruling power of the masses. Finally, Symbolic Interactionists emphasize the