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Flashcards in Functionalism Deck (11):
1

The definitive proponent?

Malinowski

2

Is it synchronic or diachronic?

synchronic

3

What did Malinowski not consider important about how an object or practice existed?

How is got there

4

Though you might not explain how something got there, what must be explained about it?

How it works and how it contributes to people's lives

5

How long did Malinowski spend in the field in total?

30 months

6

In order to explain the practices in context, what must practice must be adopted?

Holism

7

What does Holism mean you cannot do?

a study of only religion or politics, but instead a study of the whole of a society including these

8

Seeing things in context falls under what principle?

Cultural relativism

9

Explanations based on functionalism should stand up to what?

Scrutiny from the scientific community

10

What about functionalism was rejected by structural functionalism by radcliffe brown?

The way that malinowski focused on the individual

11

Of what was Malinowski suspicious?

official history, perhaps due to his background