Structural Functionalism


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Structural Functionalism
Structural functionalism is also known as simple functionalism in the sociological and anthropological realm. The term structural functionalism refers to the interrelated parts of both sociology and anthropology. Functionalism refers to society as a whole regarding norms, customs, beliefs, traditions and institutions. Herbert Spencer referred to these parts of society as organs that must function together properly so the body can function properly.
Comte during the French Revolutions went a step further than Spencer by stressing that there must be cohesion after the revolution. Emile Durkheim developed his theory of organic solidarity on Spencer’s and Comte’s theory. Marcel
Malinowski and...
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.....ogy that social environment may support the existence of certain social institutions, but such support does not cause the existence of said social institutions (
108-112). Influential structural theorists include Hebert Spencer, Emile Durkheim,
Parsons, Robert K. Merton,
Malinowski, Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown,
, George Murdock,
and David Keen. Although this essay does not deconstruct every influential theorist in relation to structural functionalism there has been a succinct collection of definitions and criticisms of the theory to understand it continued influence in spite of its limitations.
Works Cited
, George. Modern Sociological Theory. 7th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2008.