Sociological Perspectives Paper

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Sociological Perspectives Paper

Introduction to video and clarification of the applied theoretical perspective. The video of School girl attacks identifies an attack on school girls in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Zahira, who is a 13-year-old, is interviewed by NBC told her story about the attack. Zahira, who always showed excitement about attending school, lost her joy after the attack on her and five other girls. The attack took place during the girls walk from school. Men on motorcycles drove by tossed acid in the girls faces. The Taliban’s are known to be the rivals to Afghanistan’s. “The Taliban’s felt girls were unholy if they attend school” (NBC News, 2011). At the time of the attack Zahira thought it was a prank incident. However, it cause the girls to not attend school for five days, left Zahira cousin Chauncy partially blind, mood changes has been altered, still a desire to learn, but fear has been instilled in the girls. Functionalists theoretical clarify the involvement to social stability in Afghanistan (NBC News, 2011). Specific components of the perspective used in the evaluation. Manifest functions of institutions are open, stated, and conscious functions. They involve the intended, recognized consequences of an aspect of society. The stated and conscious function is the school existence, which was to educate the girls. The conscious function was the girls going to school along with their desire to improve themselves and get an education and be a part of the future success of their country. Taliban attacks was to discourage girls from going to school in Kandahar, and this was stated openly by their actions, throwing the acid on the girls, latent function unconscious or unintended functions that may reflect hidden purpose of an institution (Merton, 1968). Even though these attacks were to discourage the girls in Kandahar from going to school and getting an education, it does the opposite it creates an atmosphere...
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