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Cultural Analysis: Theoretical Approaches

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How does social conflict theory link culture with social power?

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1. According to the structural-functional theory, which of the following statements about funeral rituals is FALSE?

2. Some social scientists propose that stereotypical gender behavior is more a result of nature than of nurture. This represents which theoretic approach?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the three main ways in which cultures today can be analyzed theoretically. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the characteristics and proposals of the different theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The name of the theoretical approach linking culture with inequality
  • The theory proposing that cultural universals exist that meet human needs
  • The theory that sees stereotypical gender behavior as nature-based rather than nurture-based
  • Views of those who support social-conflict theory
  • Why sociobiology is considered controversial

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the three main theoretical approaches
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on theoretical approaches to cultural analysis
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the social-conflict and sociobiology approaches and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the three main theoretical approaches to analyzing culture, review the corresponding lesson on Theoretical Approaches to Cultural Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review the structural-functional theory
  • Understand what the social-conflict theory proposes
  • Examine the sociobiology theory
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