Macrolevel vs. Microlevel. The conflict and functional perspectives have been criticized for focusing primarily on macrolevel analysis. Macrolevel analysis – examines whole societies, large-scale social structures, and systems (instead of looking at dynamics of individuals’ lives)
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Macrolevel analysis – examines whole societies, large-scale social structures, and systems (instead of looking at dynamics of individuals’ lives)
Microlevel analysis – focuses on small groups rather than large-scale social structures
Symbol – anything that meaningfully represents something else
For example: signs, gestures, written language and shared values
(eg. saluting a nation’s flag may be a sign of patriotism or loyalty, whereas burning that same flag may show contempt)