Sociology Essay | Sociology of Racial and Cultural Groups

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Sociology of Racial and Cultural Groups

Summary: Compare and contrast the three sociological perspectives in their approaches to the study of minorities. Discusses how pluralism and assimilation exist as dual realities and how the understanding of this fact is an effective counter-argument against nativist forces.
Three sociological perspectives used in the study of minorities are: Structural functionalism, symbolic interactionalism and conflict theory. These perspectives offer "theoretical paradigms" for explaining how society influences people, taking into account the social factors that impact on human behavior. However, different theories, ideas, and prejudices can influence a sociologist's conclusions. Each of these theories has a contribution to make with a distinct focus.

Functional theory was influenced by Emile Durkheim. Adherents of this theory emphasize, "Various parts of society have functions or positive effects that promote solidarity and maintain the stability of the whole." (Parrillo 11) Thus a society is held together by "social consensus," or cohesion whereby members of the society agree upon and work together to achieve what is best for society as a whole. The social structure consists of status positions, roles and institutions (family, education and religion), and members that share...

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