A MACRO‐LEVEL FUNCTIONAL THEORY OF SOCIETAL DISINTEGRATION

Jonathan H. Turner (University of California, Riverside)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Publication date: 1 April 1996

Abstract

A functionalist framework is used to synthesize well‐known ideas about societal integration and, conversely, disintegration. If the underlying Darwinian metaphor in functional analysis is retained, and supplemented by dialectical metaphors, then functional theorizing can insightfully address the forces of societal disintegration. The emerging theory revolves around, on the structural side, the dynamics of segmentation, differentiation, interdependence and exchange, structural overlap, structural embeddedness, mobility, segregation, and domination whereas on the cultural side, the theory emphasizes the dynamics inhering in systems of evaluational, regulatory, and legitimating symbols as well as generalized symbolic media.

Citation

Turner, J. (1996), "A MACRO‐LEVEL FUNCTIONAL THEORY OF SOCIETAL DISINTEGRATION", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 5-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013248

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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