Structural Functionalism in Anthropology

Characteristics & History

  • Followed Functionalism, prevalent in the 1930s - 1960s
  • Radcliffe-Brown & Evans - Pritchard
    • Evans-Pritchard was Malinowski's student; he studied witchcraft in Africa
  • Implies that not everything people do is necessary for survival – cannot think outside of social organization
  • Stronger emphasis on the self perpetuation of social systems, which maintains social harmony