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  • 1. FUNCTIONALISM For this exercise you should complete each of the following statements of strengths and weaknesses. You will find a list of 15 words at the end that you should use to fill in the gaps shown. Strengths 1.This approach shows how a part of society can work at two different levels, both fulfilling the needs of each________________and meeting the needs of the whole______________________at the same time. 2.It provides a very__________________________view of society. 3.Functionalists show how each of the parts of society are _____________ each contributing to the__________________of the whole. 4.Functionalism allows us to examine the possible functions of__________________which might otherwise appear to be purposeless. 5.It provides a useful focus on the importance of social structure and social________________________ . Weaknesses 1.Functionalism overemphasises the__________________nature of society. 2.It therefore tends to ignore the________________and________________ stressed by Marxists. 3.Similarly, functionalism fails to recognise the importance of power and the_________________________of those who have power. 4.It takes a politically___________________position, appearing to support the status quo. 5.Functions are assumed to exist because the institutions that provide them exist. But an effect cannot explain a cause – therefore this explanation is______________________ . 6.Interactionist sociologists have accused functionalism of being too____________________seeing people as programmed and __________________ by the social system, with little choice of action. Missing words: controlled conflict teleological harmonious interdependent society dominance well-being conservative deterministic positive rituals institutions change individual