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A branch of psychology concerned with the function of mental processes in humans and animals, especially the role of the mind, intellect, emotions, and behavior in an individual's adaptation to the environment. Compare: structuralism.
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To avoid confusing this specific narrative with the general category of functionalist interpretive theory, this article will refer to the narrative as "New Deal functionalism.
The functionalist paradigm seeks to provide rational explanations of social affairs and to generate regulative sociology.
It showed how any worldview can be positioned on a continuum formed by four basic paradigms: functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist, and radical structuralist.
Bauer also counters the functionalist assumption that Jews were led silently, without fuss, like sheep to the slaughter.
Contrary to the state's functionalist view--which, as we have seen, would reduce the university to a supplier of technologies and scientific- knowledge--the relations between the university and civil society are rich, deep, and varied.
Another, more substantive concern for the functionalist is that he cheerfully takes on most if not all of the problems with each and every one of the canonical, competing theories of truth that he attempts to reconcile.
The functionalist paradigm has provided the framework for current mainstream academic finance, and accounts for the largest proportion of theory and research in its academic field.
She praises this respect for other cultures, but argues that the functionalist notion of a culture as a fairly self-contained, stable, and unified whole is seriously flawed.
King appears to be skeptical of much of the critical work that has been done in this field - and particularly suspicious of "Theory," though he also concedes that "aesthetic, formalist, and functionalist approaches often ignore the direct social and political contexts of the arts" - but one is unclear as to what he is advocating in their place(s), unless it be a hint of the Subaltern school: "The dialogue, however, is important as mastery of international standards must be accompanied by the creation of a personal voice and other resources only available through consciousness of local society and culture.
Kasparov is taking what philosophers call the functionalist position.
Moving away from functionalist and crudely reflective theories of place, Haymes suggests an interconnection between a political economy of the sign and "visual spaces" of the city in the ideological construction of what the powerful deem a "good city.
Another problem is the explanatory import of functionalist arguments.

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