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    Which theories come under the Structural theory section and which theories come under the Action theory section???

    Is the structural theory JUST Functionalism or is it also Marxism and Feminism??:confused:

    I think the Action theory just involves Weber, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology and ethnomethodology....Is this correct???

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    In a nutshell, at A-level you won't go too far wrong by arguing Marxism is generally considered a structuralist theory, as are most varieties of Feminism.

    Action theory is as you've said (although at a push you could also include postmodernism in this general category as well).
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    (Original post by Chris.Livesey)
    In a nutshell, at A-level you won't go too far wrong by arguing Marxism is generally considered a structuralist theory, as are most varieties of Feminism.

    Action theory is as you've said (although at a push you could also include postmodernism in this general category as well).
    ok Thanks

    Just 1 more question: Do you know what the definition of an Action theory is?
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    While it’s not that easy to sum up action theory in a few short sentences, think about “human action” as purposeful behaviour; that is, behaviour carried-out with an understanding of what it means to both the individual and the people who are the object of that behaviour.

    A simple example of everyday action might be when you’re in class and your teacher asks a question to the class. You may know the answer, but you might choose not to shout it out for a number of reasons – because you might think it rude to do so (and you might worry about getting a reputation as someone who is rude) or you may decide that it’s not cool to answer questions because if you do people in the class might consider you a know-it-all teacher’s pet (and that’s not a reputation you want to encourage). Alternatively, you might want to answer the question because you want the teacher (and your classmates) to think you’re very clever. Then again, if you catch the teacher’s attention and give a wrong answer then you might be concerned the people who’s opinion you value (such as someone in the class you want to impress) might think you’re actually a bit dim.

    In other words, where structural theories argue that human behaviour can be explained in terms of stimulus – reaction (you receive some sort of stimulation and simply react to it – in terms of this example, the teacher asks a question and you automatically try to answer it), action theories argue that any explanation for human behaviour is more subtle and complicated than this because individual actors are able to think about and reflect upon their possible choices of behaviour before they actually carry them out.
 
 
 
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