Connecting Sociology and YOU!

Chapter 1: Introduction – Understanding Sociology

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conflict theory focus: macro; class struggles and exploitation within society, institutions and org.

– many do not have access to healthcare, leads to gap between rich and poor because of medical debt 

functionalist theory focus: macro; how parts of society maintain stability; each serves a function (govt, education, religion)

– hospitals, medical prof. serve to keep indv. healthy so ALL can work and earn wages

symbolic interaction focus: micro; how society is the product of interactions between people, occur via language, gestures and actions with meaning

– provides foundation for the discipline and allows personal applications