Functionalism in Anthropology: The Works of Durkheim and Malinowski


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What are the learned beliefs and ideas that characterize a particular people group?

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1. Functionalism asserts that culture's function

2. Bronislaw Malinowski asserted that culture functioned to

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Durkheim and Malinowski are considered two of functionalism's greatest proponents, and this quiz and worksheet combo will help you make sure you understand their theories. Some of the quiz questions will test you on some vocabulary that relates to functionalism and the characteristics of Malinowski and Durkheim's theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of culture
  • The definition of functionalism
  • Durkheim and Malinowski's theories and their descriptions
  • The characteristics of structural-functionalism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the pertinent information about Durkheim and Malinowski's theories, as well as functionalism in general
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts about functionalism to examine culture in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding functionalism and functionalist theories of anthropology and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of functionalism and the individual theories of Durkheim and Malinowski to answer questions about culture

Additional Learning

To learn more about Durkheim and Malinowski's theories, review the accompanying lesson entitled Functionalism in Anthropology: The Works of Durkheim and Malinowski. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define functionalism
  • Detail the role of culture in functionalism
  • Understand Malinowski's theory and the importance of individualism
  • Understand Durkheim's theory and structural-functionalism's characteristics that separate it from regular functionalism