By Elizabeth Abbott

What does the "tradition of marriage" rather seem like? In A heritage of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints a frequently superb photograph of this such a lot public, but so much intimate, establishment. Ritual of romance, or social legal responsibility? everlasting bliss, or cult of domesticity? Abbott unearths a posh culture that comes with same-sex unions, prepared marriages, dowries, self-marriages, and baby brides. Marriage--in all its loving, unloving, decadent, and impoverished manifestations--is printed the following via Abbott's infectious interest.

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Some aspects of society can be both functional and dysfunctional. For example, crime is dysfunctional in that it is associated with physical violence, loss of property, and fear. But according to Durkheim and other functionalists, crime is also functional for society because it leads to heightened awareness of shared moral bonds and increased social cohesion. Sociologists have identified two types of functions: manifest and latent (Merton 1968). Manifest functions are consequences that are intended and commonly recognized.

483). Marxist conflict theories also focus on the problem of alienation, or powerlessness and meaninglessness in people’s lives. In industrialized societies workers often have little power or control over their jobs, a condition that fosters in them a sense of powerlessness in their lives. The specialized nature of work requires workers to perform limited and repetitive tasks; as a result, the workers may come to feel that their lives are meaningless. Alienation is bred not only in the workplace but also in the classroom.

Each to each a looking glass, Reflects the other that doth pass. ” Charles Horton Cooley Sociologist Symbolic Interactionist Theories of Social Problems A basic premise of symbolic interactionist theories of social problems is that a condition must be defined or recognized as a social problem for it to be a social problem. Based on this premise, Herbert Blumer (1971) suggested that social problems Theoretical Perspectives 13 develop in stages. ” Second, social legitimation takes place when the social problem achieves recognition by the larger community, including the media, schools, and churches.

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