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  • n. One who believes in functionalism.

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  • n. an adherent of functionalism.

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  • n. an adherent of functionalism


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  • At the end of his book on Blair's Britain, Chapman has this to say about what we've lost and what we might need to see revived: 'A revival of the idea of functionalist democracy pioneered with the Whitley Report at the end of the First World War, could transform social relationships and participation.

    Archbishop's lecture celebrating 60th Anniversary of the William Temple Foundation

  • The Cognition and Culture theorists of religion, whom I wrote about last week, have as their main enemies the "functionalist" school who believe religion is not a byproduct but a useful form of social organisation which holds people together as nothing else can.

    Jesus, meth and masculinity

  • To be clear, the criticisms I have voiced of Caillois are not at all specifically anthropological ones, they are criticisms from the point of view of social theory generally; that is, there are certain features of arguments that we have come to understand are deeply problematic in a general way across the social sciences, such as functionalist arguments, or totalizing ones.

    Game as Cultural Form, Play as Disposition

  • Roberts is comfortably on the functionalist (or pragmatist if you prefer) side of that divide.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Mojave Cross Decision (Salazar v. Buono) Handed Down

  • Finally, and possibly most importantly, what Balkin fails to acknowledge is that when it comes to the law-making procedures, the Court has not historically taken a functionalist approach, but instead has adhered to a very rigorous formalist approach.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Balkin on the “Slaughter Solution”

  • The founders hated health insurance reform, and loved violence to enforce only functionalist parliamentary procedures!

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Is the Slaughter Solution constitutional?

  • Secessionism—now understood as a Viennese variation on Art Nouveau—fell out of favor after World War I, when artists became interested in full-blown modernism, and craftsmen moved on to Art Deco and the functionalist values of the Bauhaus and architectural modernism.

    A Golden Kiss for Klimt

  • "The natural world is far from a functionalist utopia," he writes.

    How Artistry Evolved

  • But for these and many other reasons, a diverse group of politicians, educators, civil rights advocates and corporate reformers have once again coalesced around the common-core idea and the functionalist ideal that there is or ought to be a common culture, expressed through the school curriculum, tying together the whole country's education system.

    Mike Klonsky: Common Core Curriculum -- Who's on Board? Who's Not?

  • Given its authoritarian and functionalist nature, modernist urbanism was well suited to the new power structure.

    Frank Gruber: Modernism for the Right: Contemporary Urbanism in Brazil: Beyond Brasilia


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