Functionalism ensures social order by always ticking along like a human body. Parts of society such as institutions all work together and are interrelated, for example families need to teach children how to talk, dress themselves etc. so that they can into education to prepare them to go into work. Functionalism is a consensus approach and functionalists believe there is compatibility and integration between parts of society and all of this ensures social order. Social order is necessary to stop us having a dysfunctional society. The behaviour we display is structured by society, relations are governed by rules and this is for stability and continuity but the rules exist outside of the individuals. Strengths of the functionalism theory is that the theory looks at the whole of society, whilst analysing social behaviour it refers to social structure and it explains the tenacity or social phenomena well. Although the theory has strengths it also has its downfalls such as and it ignores individual or group contact, difficulty explaining conflict and changes.
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