Structural Functionalism: Definition, Theory & Examples


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The sociological framework that analyzes societies as a sum of its parts is known as what?

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1. Who developed the theory of structural functionalism in the 19th century?

2. What best describes the status of structural functionalism today?

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Use the worksheet and quiz to test your knowledge of structural functionalism. Answer questions on subjects such as the sociological framework that analyzes societies as a sum of its parts and the type of analysis that is structural functionalism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these study assessments to find out how well you know how to:

  • Identify the developer of the theory of structural functionalism
  • Recognize what Durkheim's theory suggests is the cause of society's stability
  • Name one of the most important elements of a functional society

Skills Practiced

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  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Durkheim's theories in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding structural functionalism and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the sociological framework that analyzes societies as a sum of its parts

Additional Learning

Learn more about structural functionalism with the lesson called Structural Functionalism: Definition, Theory & Examples. Once you've finished with the lesson, you will have covered the following:

  • Understand what is meant by 'macro analysis'
  • Identify Emile Durkheim
  • Define structural functionalism