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Structural Functionalism: Manifest and Latent Functions

Structural Functionalism: Manifest and Latent Functions

Author: Sadie Pendaz
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This lesson will summarize the contributions of Robert Merton's development of manifest and latent functions. The definitions of social functions, manifest functions, latent functions, and social dysfunction will be delineated.

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Terms to Know
Latent Functions

The unintended and often unforeseen consequences of a system, institution, or society.

Manifest Functions

The known and intended consequences of a system, institution, or society.

Robert K. Merton

American sociologist who won the National Medal of Science and contributed the idea of manifest and latent functions.

Social Dysfunction

Factors that lead to the breakdown of a system, institution, or society.

Social Functions

The actions that contribute to the maintenance of a system, institution, or society.