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WHAT IS A SOCIAL  INSTITUTION?
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Stable, socially constructed system  designed to meet human needs and direct/ control human behavior
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What are characteristics of a social  institution?
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A social institution meets human needs  (e.g. education, labor force, etc.) and  places controls on human behavior  (e.g. academic expectations, rules  established by institution).
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How does sociology look at religion  and what does it see when it does?
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Sociology of religion is the study of  social influences and causes of  religious experiences and events-  looking at social dimension, not which  religion is right and which is wrong?  Religion has an impact on even those  who do not actively engage (e.g.  Christmas and economy)
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Relationship between society, religion,  and individuals
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Relationship between society, religion,  and individuals
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Does being religious make you more  likely to be healthy? How does religion  influence politics?
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Levels of analysis in Sociology of  Religion
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Micro: individual beliefs and practices  (how often do people pray or go to  church, general patterns not specific to  one individual) Meso: religious organizations (e.g.  Catholic church) Micro: religion in public life and  national/cross-national comparisons
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Following characteristics of Social  Science Inquiry
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Tallying affiliation, beliefs, practices,  salience (how important it is.   Percentage who say they feel religion is  important is very high, but the  percentage who actually attend church  is not.
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Sociological perspective on religion
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Religion is not above or exempt from  cultural or social influences, and  shapes and is shaped by social  context.
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Religion in the United States
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In South, religion is part of popular  culture (blue laws- stores closed on  Sundays, praying before public school  football games), although more people 
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