Sociology Optional, Sociological Thinkers- Robert K. Merton (Day-19)

Syllabus of Day-19
Sociological Thinkers (Robert K. Merton)
a. Latent and manifest functions
b. conformity and deviance
c. reference groups
Source – IGNOU ESO-13 CHAPTER 29,30,31

Q1. Write short note on Robert Mertons’ views on manifest and latent functions.(150 words,10 marks)

How to attempt this question?

Introduction – Write what is latent and manifest functions in brief.

Body – Explain in detail latent and manifest functions. Write examples of it. Write Mertons’ views.

Conclusion – Write simple straight forward conclusion

Q2. Write short note on conformity and deviance-(150 words, 10 marks.)

How to attempt this question?

Introduction – Write what is conformity and deviance in brief.

Body – Elaborate on conformity and daviance. Write examples for what is confirmatory and for what is deviance.

Conclusion – Write simple straight forward balanced conclusion.

Q3. Analyse concept of reference group given by Robert k Merton. (250 words, 20 marks)

How to attempt this question?

Introduction – Write in brief what is reference group theory.

Body – Elaborate on reference group theory, write components of reference group, examples of reference group,write how reference group how important persons life etc.

Conclusion – Simple straight forward conclusion should be written.

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