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dylantombides
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I sort of understand what functionalism is. It's the idea that everyone in society has the same shared goal of increasing their wealth, and even though they may have different lifestyles (social class, jobs) they all work together with their individual roles to achieve this shared goal of wealth.

However I've read 2 criticisms of the thory:

1) It's been criticised as too paternalistic in nature. I don't really understand what this means and how it relates to functionalism? Could someone explain.

2) It doesn't take into account people want to better themselves in society. Eg in basic/generalised terms, the working class reaching the middle class, middle class moving to upper class. However this confused me as I thought if they shared the same goal it suggested they were happy with their social standing?
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no one?
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surely because for many people, 'increasing their wealth' is not the primary factor.

How about, family,friends, reasonable job, hobbies, etc....ie: a kind of comfort zone - sounds more appealing than just thinking of scraping up the greasy pole,

and yes, it is paternalistic, Tory cant about 'aspiration' - pure self-serving, right wing rhetoric
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