Latent Function

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The goal of a social policy is to correct a social problem therefore; latent functions can be considered as outcomes of a social policy. Outcomes can be understood as performance standards of a social policy. For example, during the 1960’s president Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration enacted the Great Society program. This policy declared a war against poverty and many individuals from low income backgrounds signed up for welfare. An important aspect of this legislation was the Head Start Program. Chambers and Bonk (2013) conclude, “A latent function is a purpose inferred by sociologists and anthropologists as they speak with the actors of the social system like a welfare organization and, as they have long pointed out, these functions are

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