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1

Who is the key proponent?

Radcliffe brown

2

What did Radcliffe brown reject?

The way, in functionalism, that Malinowski focussed on the individual so much

3

What did Radcliffe brown argue was the job of the anthropologist?

To explain stability through social institutions

4

What is social structure?

All the relations of all individuals at any given point in time

5

Under structural functionalist thinking, for social life to continue, social institutions must exhibit what?

Some sort of measure of coherence or consistence

6

What is the classic structural functionalist ethnography?

Evans Pritchard's the Nuer

7

What was the Neur published?

1940

8

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.

9

What three things to critics of structural functionalism argue that it fails to account for?

Social change, conflict, individual agency

10

As a consensus theory, what kind of theories does structural functionalism stand in conflict to?

Conflict theories such as Marx