Structural-Functional Theory in Sociology: Definition & Examples


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Under the functionalist perspective, socialization and learning are important social ____.

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1. ____ are relatively stable patterns of social behavior.

2. Herbert Spencer compared society to a ____ .

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Structural functionalism, or simply functionalism, is a framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of structural functionalism including its history, founders, and application.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Key terms
  • Herbert Spencer
  • Robert King Merton
  • Concepts of functionalism

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - define the terminology used in discussing functionalism
  • Information recall - know the two major theorists who founded functionalism and their contributions to the theory's concepts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about functionalism's practice

Additional Learning

To learn more about Structural Functionalism theory, review the accompanying lesson called Structural-Functional Theory in Sociology: Definition, Examples & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining Structural Functionalism
  • Investigating social structures
  • Introduction to Herbert Spencer and Robert King Merton
  • Understanding functions