The Importance Of Structural Functionalism

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When considering Structural Functionalism, it’s important to look at it’s impacts on a young person’s opportunity and access to education because it keeps people in the same part of society as their family. To undertake this task, the practitioner must have an understanding of what Structural Functionalism actually is along with what levels of society it can impact, these being micro, macro and global at different levels. At a Micro level, the family a young person comes from has an impact on where they go to school and what they want to be there for generally keeping them at the same level as their parents on societies scale which keeps the equilibrium. On a macro level Hecs fees in university are a way to get young people in debt before they…show more content…
A common term used in Structural Functionalism is Herbert Spencers example of a human body’s organs working together in harmony so the body properly functions as a whole. This relates to Structural Functionalism as it is a theory that says all parts of society must move and work together or it will all break down. For example, let’s take away a part of society such as schools. If schools are taken away, then the structure of society breaks down and other parts suffer such as university’s and businesses. Sydney Brown says that these other parts of society would then need to adapt and change to keep a stable society. (Brown, 2013) Although Brown also says Structural Functionalism does not come into play in small groups (Brown, 2013) it is still evident in the effect it has on young people from regional and city…show more content…
Structural Functionalism is a social theory that says all parts of society move together and support each other to keep structure and equilibrium. Structural Functionalism has an impact on all levels of society. Micro at a family level, where a person lives has an impact on where they will end up going to school and if they end up going to university. At a Macro level young people are affected by Structural Functionalism in an educational way when looking at Australian Hecs fees and how they keep society stable by ensuring the roles needed in society are always being fulfilled by someone. When looking at university fees they are much more expensive for people outside of Australia and work is also much harder to obtain, this also keeps the balance of society by ensuring not one function of it has too many people and another too little. When looking at Structural Functionalism it 's effects on educational opportunity can be seen on young people in all levels of
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