latent function and manifest function (latent functions and manifest functions)

latent function - nThe unrecognized or unintended consequence of a social process (1).

manifest functionn. Intentional consequences of a social process.

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  • Often written in the plural form: latent functions and manifest functions

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  1. OpenStax College. 2012. Theoretical Perspectives. Connexions. October 9, 2012. (


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