Sociology Assignments Help
This discussion is designed to help acquaint you with the field of sociology.
Identify the three major sociological theoretical paradigms. For each, what are its
core questions? Which one do you relate to best? How can you use this particular
paradigm to explain your decision to attend college?
Major sociological theoretical paradigms
A paradigm is a kind of model or perspective that helps to set a particular standard that
can be used to understand something. In short, it is a description of society, or the world of
human behavior. It can also be called as description of the human interactions in any society.
Paradigms are just viewpoints, perspectives, belief systems or guiding principles. There are three
major sociological theoretical paradigms: the conflict paradigm, the functionalist paradigm or
structural functionalism and the symbolic interactionist paradigm.
1. The Conflict Paradigm: It is a macro level paradigm that helps to understand the
inequalities that exist in society and it can explain different social issues, such as, sexism, racism
and similar topics. When using the conflict perspective, one needs to study the structures of
wealth, status and power and the ways in which these structures can help to maintain economic,