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Definition of Latent function

Latent function Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
The unintended consequences of one part of a sociocultural system. For example, the reform of big city political machines had a lot of unintended consequences on the governability of American cities (see also MANIFEST FUNCTION ).
Latent function Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
see manifest/latent functions (Krippendorff )
A distinction made within the structural-functional school of sociology referring to at least three kinds of dimensions of social behavior . A distinction (a) between proclaimed (manifest) and real purposes (latent) of particular acts (b) between purposes of which the members of a society are aware (manifest) and of which these members are not aware (latent) of (c) between the effects or actions which are intended (manifest) and unintended (latent) (see externalities ). (Krippendorff )
Latent function Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Manifest and latent functions are social scientific concepts first clarified for sociology by Robert K. Merton. Merton appeared interested in sharpening the conceptual tools to be employed in a functional analysis.

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