The term functionalism has come to describe an eclectic mix of social theory and methodological approaches to culture.In many ways, it is a useful and fruitful term to describe a variety of approaches that share a common theme: the notion that culture is constructed through the interactions of individuals and their communities, and that the individual's contribution to culture is a form of knowled...
A new conflict in sociological theory has arisen in which a group of academics have argued that the war on terror has become a form of cultural appropriation.
They argue that a common critique of western liberal democracy is that it is too rigid, too rigidly hierarchical and too rigid in its moral standards.
In particular, they say, there is a lack of an “authentic” democracy in western democracies.
They want to change this.
In this article, I will argue that this critique is correct and that western liberalism is not a democracy.
This article was originally published on Al Jazeera and has been republished here with permission.