functional alternative

functional alternative

or

functional equivalent

any institutional arrangements seen as fulfilling the same FUNCTION, or broadly the same function, in answering the essential needs of a society or social system. Thus, secular CIVIL RELIGIONS (see also SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION) may perform the same basic functions (e.g. in providing social integration) as conventional religions. The conditions for identification of functional equivalents are controversial, however, and may be difficult to specify (see FUNCTIONAL(IST) EXPLANATION). See also FUNCTIONALISM, FUNCTIONAL PREREQUISITES, POSTULATE OF FUNCTIONAL INDISPENSABILITY OR UNIVERSAL FUNCTIONALISM.
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Is there a functional alternative to it that is genuinely reform-minded but, in lieu of the figure of the wilful strongman, puts an informed and active citizenry at the center of the change process?
The key technologies in Lubrizol's Engineered Polymers TPU portfolio for performance footwear that can be engineered to form almost every component of a shoe include Esdex(TM) TPU for upper yarns to keep shoe construction smart and lightweight, BounCell-X(TM) a low density, plasticizer-free, recyclable*, thermoplastic foam for cushioning, Estane(R) TRX TPU as a functional alternative to rubber outsoles, Pearlthane(TM) ECO TPU a bio-based** renewable-sourced material, Estane(R) 3D TPU a soft, flexible material that offers design freedom for 3D printed components, and Pearlbond(TM) TPU for adhesives assembly that provides flexibility to join a large variety of substrates together.
The client is guided to develop functional alternative beliefs instead and coaxed to redirect their cognitions accordingly.
Miami, FL, July 23, 2015 --(PR.com)-- An innovative and highly functional alternative to a widely used sporting goods product, Brandon Sporting Goods, has been developed by inventor Brandon Lee Drake of Dubois, Indiana.
The new clean label ingredient can widistand high cooking temperatures and offers superior stability, to provide a functional alternative to carragcenan.
Okicich says that OfficeMax officials did not see a lot of innovation in the writing instruments segment and wanted to offer a high-quality and functional alternative to consumers.
Yet another reported plans to reformulate 600 products to reduce sodium while identifying healthy, functional alternative ingredients.
Based on SADL's low cost, rapid distribution and compatibility, it's proving to be a functional alternative to more costly systems.
The response to intervention (RTI) approach provides a functional alternative to the federal definition of emotional disturbance, which Gresham suggests is nebulous, often illogical, and self-contradictory.
Adverse health effects associated with sulphite usage and an increase in consumer preference for fresh, natural foods have also driven the search for a practical and functional alternative to sulphite agents.
Sarsen Software Plc has launched its OfficeTalk 98 enterprise information manager which sets out to provide a lower-cost, easy to implement and functional alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server, Lotus Notes/Domino and Novell Groupwise.
In other words, rather than using a strictly empirical methodology for treating the unquantifiable and unprovable, and rather than generalizing from the particulars he culled from his travels among black folk in the South, Brown found a culturally functional alternative to the established but inadequate academic form of ethnographic reportage.

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