STRUCTURAL FUNCTIONALISM. The dominant theoretical paradigm of the British school of social anthropology, 1930–1955. Associated with the theoretical writings of A. R. Radcliffe-Brown in Structure and function in primitive society. A. R. Radcliffe-Brown 1881-1955. A.R . Radcliffe-Brown.
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The dominant theoretical paradigm of the British school of social anthropology, 1930–1955.
Associated with the theoretical writings of A. R. Radcliffe-Brown in Structure and function in primitive society
A. R. Radcliffe-Brown 1881-1955
own, becoming famous as A. R. Radcliffe-Brown.
Five Basic Principles
1. Society is seen as an organically structured whole akin to a biological organism.
2. Society has a social structure- an ordered arrangement of parts.
3. Structure is ideally integrated, unified, and exists in equilibrium.
4. This structure is the object of analysis; the most valued data is the structure you can abstract.
5. The function of Social activities and institutions is ultimately interpreted in terms of maintaining the whole social structure of the society
Function Of Institutions Is To Maintain TheStructure
MALINOWSKI: Society seen as a nurturing, comforting, cocoon emanating from, and responding to, human needs
RADCLIFFE-BROWN: Society seen as a tyrannical entity, often at odds with human nature, which controls humans by injecting fears and anxieties into their psyches, and if necessary sacrificing them for its own sake