Ritualism in Sociology: Bureaucratic and Other Types


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Which of the following is a good example of ritualism?

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1. What is it called when organizations focus too much on the rules, which in turn prevents them from obtaining their original goal?

2. Sociologist, Robert Merton, is credited with designing the five modes of adaptation: Conformity, innovation, ritualism, retreatism, and rebellion. This is part of what theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will evaluate your understanding of ritualism. You will be tested on areas such as when rejection of cultural and traditional goals occurs and a description of ritualism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

By using these assessment tools, you can gauge your knowledge of:

  • A theory that relates to the modes of adaptation
  • When cultural goals and the traditional ways of acquiring them are rejected
  • An example of ritualism
  • The meaning of ritualism
  • When organizations focus too much on rules

Skills Practiced

By using the worksheet and quiz, you can practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on ritualism
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about when organizations focus too much on rules
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding a theory that relates to the modes of adaptation

Additional Learning

To gain more knowledge of ritualism, go over the lesson titled Ritualism in Sociology: Bureaucratic and Other Types. The following objectives are found in this lesson:

  • Identify what ritualism is
  • Review Robert Merton's research on ritualism and the five models he developed
  • Learn about bureaucratic ritualism
  • Explore examples of the different types of ritualism