How do you distinguish between the three major sociological perspectives of functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism?
Functionalism is a theoretical approach that suggests all actions and actors in a society are part of the whole. Functionalists take no position on whether an action or actor is good or bad because society is neither good nor bad. A functionalist looks at mosquito-borne illness as a catalyst for developing new vaccines or extermination methods.
Conflict theory is a theoretical approach that suggests society is built upon conflicts between the haves and have nots....
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