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In your view, which sociological perspective best explains the relationship between American values as abstract concepts and American values as they play out in the real world? Please elaborate and provide an example that relates to a topic we have covered in this course. 

  • structural functionalism and its premise about the importance of consensus and cooperation
  • conflict theory and its premise about tension over scarce resources.
  • symbolic interactionism and its premise of the importance of symbols and their interpretation in every- day life.