Assess the usefulness of these theories in our understanding of society. (20 marks)
In this essay I will be writing about how useful macro and micro theories are in our understanding of society. Macro theories are explanations that look at society as a whole, and the effect society has on people within it. In academics, macro theories attempt to explain the entirety of a subject in general or broad terms and example of a macro theory is Marxism. Micro theories are explanations that look at individuals how they act and interact with others, and how they make sense on the world. Micro theories also focus in detail on more specific elements of the discipline.
An example of a macro theory is Feminism which was first introduced by the Suffragettes which was solely focused on political equality and then brought light to the topic in 1918, when women were given the right to vote if they owned their own house and were over the age of 30, shockingly it took another 10 years for the age to lower to vote to 21. They focused on the gender division between men and women. Feminists characterise our society as patriarchal, which means male dominated, and they argue that mainstream sociology focus on the concern of men and not on the concern of women. There are many elements within feminist attitudes and this incudes Marxism feminists. Liberal feminists, Radical feminists and Black feminists all have a similar goal which is to end male patriarchy in society and free society of exploitation to women by focusing on achievements and accomplishments that women have achieved throughout the years.
Another example of a macro theory is Marxism, this is a conflict theory in which people believes that we as people are victims of capitalism and our whole world essentially focuses on money, social and political problems, based on the social change in terms of economic factors. Within Marxism, the old hierarchy was where the class arrangements were supposed to be overthrown with...