Topics: Sociology, Marxism, Feminism Pages: 4 (1140 words) Published: March 11, 2013
HND Childhood Practice
Applied Sociology – F56V 35
Open Book Assessment – Outcomes 2 & 3
Part 1

Within my report I have looked at different Social Theory’s. Functionalism which is a Consensus theory is the concept that explains how society functions the way it does. Marxism and Feminism are Conflict theories which suggest that human behaviour in social contexts results from conflicts between competing groups. Symbolic Interaction is Social Action theory which takes into account the actions and reactions of individuals and how this can affect society

Feminism is a structural conflict theory. It aims to understand the nature of gender inequality by examining women’s roles and lived in experiences. Feminism is also based on Gender, which is socially constructed behaviour (masculine/feminine) and the norms that comes from values. There are many types of feminism which we looked at these are: Radical, Liberal and Marxist. Radical feminists believe women should live communally without men, as men exploit and supress women for their own gain. Women live in threat/fear of violence and/or rape. Patriarchy is a male dominated society which was created by men, for men. Women are to do as they are told which is fed from all structures i.e. Media, Law, and Family. Liberal feminists believe in freedom and are very open minded in seeking an equal society. They work with men in the system to create equal equality, also to show and maintain their equality through their own actions and choices. They believe that society holds the false belief that women are, by nature, less intellectually and physically capable than men, it tends to discriminate against women. Marxist feminist is a combination of the exploitation of class and gender. Marxists feminists believe capitalism is the root cause of social problems and leads to women being put into a particular position in the workplace i.e. the carer, cook, and cleaner. Proletariat women...

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