Ch 78: Social Structure

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Watch video lessons to learn about social structure in our society. Get definitions of two of the earliest psychological theories: structuralism and functionalism, and see how they differed. Find out about social constructionism and theories of aging.

Social Structure - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors discuss the social structure of our culture. They talk about two of the earliest psychological theories: Wundt and Tichener's structuralism which conceived of the mind as a function of its various parts, and William James' functionalism which put more emphasis on what the mind could do. You will be introduced to several theories of aging: the structural-functional, symbolic-interaction and social-conflict theories.

As you continue with the chapter, you will be introduced to social constructionism, the theory of how society places and views individuals in groups and awards social standing to some groups over others. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss functionalism and structuralism
  • Enumerate theories of aging including structural-functional, symbolic-interaction, and social-conflict
  • Define social constructionism

The theories and concepts in our video lessons are brief but effective and entertaining. In addition to the video lessons are self-assessment quizzes and transcripts of the lessons so you can read the material and test your comprehension. We point out the most important points through our key terms that are linked to text lessons for greater detail. And you can use our video tags to go directly to a point in a video you want to review. All these learning tools have been developed by our expert instructors.

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