Structural-Functionalism In Edith Bunker's All In The Family

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On every episode of the hit 1970’s show All in the Family, main characters Archie and Edith Bunker sit down to the piano and sing the lyrics “Didn't need no welfare state, everybody pulled his weight. Gee our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days.” Archie Bunker lived in a blue-collared neighborhood in Queens, New York, where he worked his blue-collar job providing for his blue collar family. Bunker held strong beliefs founded in the culture of the America he saw as a child, in which wealthy men held important jobs, and poor men did not. No questions were asked about moving up in social rank because people accepted their unbeknownst roles in society. Bunker unknowingly had a Structural- Functionalism perspective on society he, being was motivated by money, believed that people were not equal and only a certain type of person could do a specific job. …show more content…
Stevic would have been viewed society with a Conflict theory type of perspective, because of his open-minded belief that people could achieve identical accomplishments if give equivalent opportunities. Finally, Edith Bunker is the one character who would identify with the perspectives of Symbolic Interaction. Unlike any of the two men in her household, she is much more enthralled with the ideas of family, grandkids, and church. It is easy to understand these three perspectives if you think of them as looking glasses and each glass has a different hue. The three user of the looking glasses could be looking at the same thing, but view them fairly differently. It is not easy to choose one perspective over the other because opinions are based on the ideas of the person. Personally, I think that the two theories that make to most sense are Symbolic Interaction and the Conflict