- In my opinion, the three major theoretical paradigms that were discussed in the section can be used when looking at issues of inequalities in the following examples:
Structural functionalism: As a society, we are working together as a whole to slowly destroy our planet. The light pollution, air pollution, water pollution, and the littering and much more are slowly causing our ecosystems to die with temperatures rising each year and animals going extinct if we as a whole continue won’t have much of anything left.
Conflict theory With today’s social media, we’re able to spread awareness about social conflicts such as racism, police brutality, bullying and more which causes a social drive.
Symbolic interactionism This one I’m having some trouble understanding, unfortunately. My mind isn’t grasping it quite yet.
One might explain that by using social imagination you can put yourself in the shoes of someone who has or is experiencing an eating disorder. For example but using sociological imagination I would explain that one of the personal struggles I may deal with would be comparing myself to the “models” I see every day on social media. They all look the same and the goal is to look like them. I might be self-conscious because I don’t have the shape they do and with all the pressure of societies standards of beauty I stop eating.
Sociological theories are beneficial and help when studying various groups within a society by allowing us to view them from different perspectives with different outcomes.
It is very important to follow ethical standards and guidelines when conducting sociological research so that the results can be fair and 100% accurate without faults.