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Toward a New Conflict Functionalism

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This paper (a) begins by revisiting the philosophy of science distinction between a “paradigm” and a “theory,” and Kuhn’s explanation why genuine scientific revolutions tend to be punctuated events, because paradigmatic blinders undermine scientific progress to the degree that they distract researchers from rigorously trying to falsify the premises that they hold. (b) The paper then examines the evolutionary development of Durkheim/Parsons style structural functionalism as an flawed evolutionary branch of structural functionalism which could not be reconciled with conflict theory. (c) The paper concludes by considering a way in which the remaining trunk of structural functionalism can be purposefully reconciled with conflict theory, suggesting the possibility of developing a more robust, powerful, and predictive theory.

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Powers, Charles. "Toward a New Conflict Functionalism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707880_index.html>

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Powers, C. , 2014-03-27 "Toward a New Conflict Functionalism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Online <PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707880_index.html

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Abstract: This paper (a) begins by revisiting the philosophy of science distinction between a “paradigm” and a “theory,” and Kuhn’s explanation why genuine scientific revolutions tend to be punctuated events, because paradigmatic blinders undermine scientific progress to the degree that they distract researchers from rigorously trying to falsify the premises that they hold. (b) The paper then examines the evolutionary development of Durkheim/Parsons style structural functionalism as an flawed evolutionary branch of structural functionalism which could not be reconciled with conflict theory. (c) The paper concludes by considering a way in which the remaining trunk of structural functionalism can be purposefully reconciled with conflict theory, suggesting the possibility of developing a more robust, powerful, and predictive theory.


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