Flashcards in Structural Functionalism Deck (10):
Who is the key proponent?
What did Radcliffe brown reject?
The way, in functionalism, that Malinowski focussed on the individual so much
What did Radcliffe brown argue was the job of the anthropologist?
To explain stability through social institutions
What is social structure?
All the relations of all individuals at any given point in time
Under structural functionalist thinking, for social life to continue, social institutions must exhibit what?
Some sort of measure of coherence or consistence
What is the classic structural functionalist ethnography?
Evans Pritchard's the Nuer
What was the Neur published?
Give an example of something which 'the Nuer' says that embodies structural functionalism?
Even when stuff appears irrational, such as witchcraft, it makes perfect sense within a given context.
What three things to critics of structural functionalism argue that it fails to account for?
Social change, conflict, individual agency