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    The Frontline video of “The Stick Up Kid,” is a good example of the effects that can occur in terms of both manifest and latent functions. The video is about the story of Alonza Thomas Jr, who was one of the first people in California to be tried as an adult for his crimes, despite him being a minor. Proposition 21, which made it easier to charge minors as adults for specific violent crimes, had been passed in California months before Alonza committed his crime. Alonza attempted to rob a convenience

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    Sociology: Manifest and Latent Functions

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    concept of manifest and latent functions; a manifest function is simply the known or anticipated results of an action, while a latent function is the unknown (at the time) and unanticipated results of the action (Macionis, 2013, pg. 13). To make it really simple say I ate twelve cookies. Why? Because I like the flavor and expect them to taste yummy (manifest function), but I did not intend on getting a stomach ache afterwards (latent function). There are manifest and latent functions for everything

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    euthanasia and claim its importance for society. Euthanasia would be given a function, and a structural functionalist would show what this function does for the population. They would see euthanasia as having two functions, an obvious one (manifest) and one that has unintended consequences (latent). This sociological perspective could also see euthanasia as having negative impacts and would give it a latent dysfunction. Natalie Newton’s family are obviously in favor of legalizing euthanasia and a

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    Understanding Eating Disorders

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    Functionalism is the oldest and most commonly used theoretical approach used to understand social issues. Functionalism is a macrosociological perspective that presents the idea that society consists of different components working together to help a society function as one. Sociolog... ... middle of paper ... ... image, causing eating disorders. The conflict theory is also a macrosociological perspective that suggests people are influenced by self and group interests. I think I agree most with the conflict

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    structure and functions. It sees society as a system of connected parts that need one another to continue moving forward. If a part of the system is not operating, to its standard the others parts assist. Every part, big or small, is important and essential to the society as a whole. While some of the parts and what they do seem problematic or unexpected, it is all needed to keep the system going. The outcomes of the system have also been split into categories: manifest functions, latent functions, latent

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    The Importance of Sports

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    Robert Merton made an important distinction between manifest and latent functions. Manifest functions of institutions are open, stated, conscious functions that involve intended, recognized, consequences of an aspect of society. Taking sports as an example, manifest function of sports is to keep people stay fit and healthy. It is an objective that widely and well known by everyone. In contrast, latent functions are unconscious or unintended functions that may reflect hidden purposes of an institution

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    Manifest and Latent Functions Robert K. Merton increased our understanding of social functions by presenting a concept that suggest while many social functions are clearly obvious and additionally intended; others are unclear and unintended. Manifest functions are the known or recognized and also intended consequences of any type of social pattern while the latent functions are those who are unclear or unrecognized and have unintended consequences. For the purpose of analyzing the manifest functions

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    Introduction Sociologists develop theories to explain and analyze society at different levels and from different perspectives. Sociologists study everything from the micro level of analysis of small social patterns to the “big picture” which is the macro level of analysis of large social patterns. Sociologists employ three major theoretical perspectives in sociology today. They are the structural-functionalist perspective, the conflict perspective, and the symbolic interactionism. The structural-functionalist

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    approach corresponds with social structure and a structure’s social functions. Social structure is “any relatively stable pattern of social behavior” (Macionis, page 14). This structure gives our lives dynamic in many perspectives such as: in our families, careers, schools, and communities. Social functions is “the consequences of any social pattern for the operation of society

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    The American Nurses Association defines nursing as, “The protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.” In other words, nurses protect and promote the health of patients by taking care of not only the illness but by advocating for both the individual and

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