Question

There are three major theoretical perspectives in sociology: The Functionalist Perspective; the Conflict Perspective; and the Interactionist Perspective. Chapter 9 provides information related to economic issues. For this writing assignment, you will chose ONE of the perspectives mentioned above and discuss how that perspective might describe the American economic system. See information on each perspective below: 1. Functionalist Perspective: If you chose this perspective, then you need to discuss how you would describe the American economic system using the Functionalist Perspective. Keep in mind that a functionalist view is a macro-level view concerned with how society functions, and in particular, how the parts of society work together to keep things running smoothly. Functionalists would look at how the economy is organized and on what drives the system. Be sure to give examples that support your ideas. 2. Conflict Perspective: If you chose this perspective, then you will need to discuss how you would describe the American economic system using the Conflict Perspective. Keep in mind that conflict theory is also a macro-level view;however, this view focuses on inequalities,particularly those that are caused by differences in wealth and power. It would see the economy as serving some but not serving others. Be sure to give examples that support your ideas. 3. Interactionist Perspective: If you chose this perspective, then you will need to discuss how you would describe the American economic system using the Interactionist Perspective. This perspective is a micro-level view which focuses on"interactions" between the members of society and on the ideas they create about the society they live in. It also focuses on how individuals experience reality and how they shape the reality they experience. The interactionist would see the economy as a product of interactions that impacts people individually. This perspective would consider relationships between individuals and the economy itself and also on how individuals see themselves within the system. The economy could be viewed as a symbol as well. Be sure to give examples that support your ideas.

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