Functionalist Perspectives

SSS 100

April 21, 2004

As the years passing by, popular culture has becoming more effective in people’s lives. People express their culture through traditions in food, clothing, recreations and ceremonies; also through the education system and institutions of learning, including museums and libraries. It has a great impact arts; however without the support of the philosophers such as Durkeim Emile who stated that functionalist perspectives, is the assumption that society is a stable and orderly system. We also have conflict perspective, which is when in society are engaged in continuous power struggle for control of scarce resources.

Functionalist perspective basically covered the issue of or what people in a society have in common. People with good morals are most of the times considered to be well functional individual and other people should be bond to their style or activities; however if it happens for that person to change his or her character people will automatically change their perspective of that person. On the contrary conflict perspective, is more likely to destroy young people’s lives. For example, I will take someone who did not grow up with wealth, so that person will be afraid of not getting what they want or want or need because our society is lack of support. People with money will always have to invest; what about those who do not have are they going to find a way to make it in life.

Global culture is just a rapid change that is mostly caused by technology. People can now make transactions around the world to each other through the use of computers and satellites communications. It is actually a fact that the culture in the U.S is an independent system. The fact that pop culture cross natural boundaries, it caused many nations to be multicultural societies. For example, people around the world now know a few English words, which in the 1970s was not possible. Pop culture affected us by communicated to us what is update, how to react to certain situation, in what perspective should we see our society. Some examples of materials that people used to interact with one another are; clothes, music, symbol, or behavior. All of these things that are part in our culture has influenced us some how, especially young people.

According to a research that I have made on the internet at, it seems to me that music is one major factor in pop culture. Young people are being affected negatively and positively; it all depends on the message that the song is sending out there. There two artist that I think are strictly different but at the same time changed people’s lives one way or another. The two artists that I will use are Bod Marley and Eminem; both singer and rapper are very well known for their participation to music. However, they were sending two different messages and two different cultures.

On what concern functionalist perspective, Bob Marley was much unified with the people that he was working with. Bod Marley was born in 1945 and died in 1981. He was a guitarist, a Jamaican singer, and a songwriter. For his talent he was considered as one of the greatest artist of his genre. He was a maker because he was more like a functionalist perspective type of guy. He believes in togetherness. Although young kids and teenagers do not really understand what he was saying in his songs at first but they were inspired by his talent. There was one thing that was not right of all of the things that he was doing; He thought that taking drugs had to do with his religious beliefs, where he was praising the spiritual effects of marijuana. As it mention in the functionalist perspectives aspect, is that once something happen to one of the important part in a society, the rest of it will affect as well. What am I saying? Bob Marley was often getting on stage or even before he gets to the stage. So to that matter, not only he was taking drugs in public I assumed the rest of the group was also. They actually formed one body, which is what functionalist perspectives is all about, so his behavior in society caused