Structural Functionalism. A Consensus Theoretical Perspective. WHAT IS A THEORY?. A series of propositions that seek to explain a given phenomenon. Sociological Theory therefore explains how society or aspects of society work. STRUCTURAL FUNCTIONALISM.
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A Consensus Theoretical Perspective
Stability of society might be due more to absence of value consensus.
Eg. from Haralambos - lack of commitment to value of achievement by those at bottom of strata. Systems may in fact stabilize society.
Consensus in and of itself will not necessarily result in social order, but might produce opposite result (individualism, extreme competition).