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What are functionalist and Marxist perspectives on mass culture?

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Functionalists would focus on the way mass culture created and perpetuated cultural norms and expectations for living in society. Through mass culture, cultural expectations for almost every imaginable aspect of society are made known. Mass media is one of the main ways that certain aspects of culture become widespread norms. For example, portrayals of the family on television can have an influence on people's views of this institution. Likewise, gender roles, dress, and even speech and personal interactions are conditioned by mass culture. In short, a functionalist study of mass culture would...

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I would suggest reading Marx and understand what his concept of society was at the time when he lived. From what I researched so far, I see that he was envisioning a solution to conflict and this solution is (or seemed to be at the time): abolish religion. You have to read his articles in order to see what he meant by it. You may agree with him, or you may not, but it is worth to do research in an objective manner so that you can draw your own conclusions, debate theories or refute them entirely.

At the same time, you may also do a parallel research on functionalism. You might find similarities with marxism, but you may also find things that separate the two theories.