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Title: Structure and function in sociology
Authors: Yesudian, Ashok Kumar
Keywords: School of Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1976
Publisher: Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Abstract: Analysis of phenomena in terms of structure and function are common in any science, and sociology is no exception to this. Though structural-functional analysis gained importance recently, analysis of society in terms of structure and function was implicit in the doctrines of nineteenth century sociologists like Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer and Emile Durkheim. This paper deals with the development of structural functional analysis since Comte. The first part of this paper deals with the doctrines of those who do not claim themselves structural-functional analysts, but elements of structuralism and functionalism are implicit in their doctrines. They are Augaste Comte, Herbert Spencer and Emile Durkheim. The second part of this paper deals with those social thinkers who openly declare themselves structural-functional analysts, and they have openly dealt with structural-functional analysis. They include Radcliffe-Brown, Talcott Parsons and Robert E. Merton. Finally a note is made about Marx's contribution to structural-functional analysis. In conclusion the failure of this analysis to explain social change properly is pointed out.
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