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What is the importance for sociological analysis, according to Merton, of differentiating between latent functions (unforeseen or unintended consequences) and manifest functions (purposed consequences)? In other words, why does Merton think making a distinction between manifest and latent functions matters? Consider Merton’s own thinking about this, and then give your own brief example of an intended and an unintended consequence of a major component of our society.
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