Examine the concepts of witchcraft or witch trials from all 3 of the sociologica


Examine the concepts of witchcraft or witch trials
from all 3 of the sociological paradigms. Cite sources.
Functionalism
How is the accusation of witchcraft used as a social
control?
How can fear of witches or witchcraft be used to reinforce
social norms?
What positive roles can witches be seen as having as
their function in a society?
Conflict Theory
How can issues of class be related to positive or
negative perspectives on witchcraft?
How can witchcraft be used to empower marginalized or
disenfranchised people?
How can accusations of witchcraft be used to oppress
marginalized or disenfranchised people?
How has witchcraft been used to both empower and
oppress women?
Symbolic Interactionism
The feelings we have toward the topic of witchcraft
has to do with our own experience and socialization towards it.
Do you believe witchcraft is “real”? Why or why not?
Explain.
If we believe magic is fake/fantasy or reality then
how does that change our feelings for and experience of witchcraft?
Do you believe witchcraft is good or bad? Explain
How does your personal background affect your
interpretation of witchcraft?


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