Functionalism is considered a macro sociological perspective, as its unit of analysis is the system as a whole.
Functionalism suggests that things must remain as they are, in a static view of society. "The status quo must be maintained" in order for all of societies parts to work together.
This sociological theory sees people or groups who engage in social protest as threats to the state of balance in the system. An example of this is Robin Hood, who was a threat to the status quo he was a part of.
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