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Unformatted text preview: 11-30-06You would be an exception in your group if you were white and in Cedric’s positionReligion as a social institutionSociologists don’t even bother with trying to prove/disprove there is a godInstead, is a study of how your religion affects your behavior.Functionalists:Functionalists look at religion as social integration. Social SupportConflict:Effect of religion on social changeEither a source of creating social change or a source of limiting social changeMarx said that religion is the opium of the people – people who are deeply religious (especially protestant) believe that this life doesn’t matter, only the afterlife does. If you believe in the afterlife and are having struggles here, then you concentrate more on the afterlife and how it will be better there. He saw religion as a barrier to social change b/c they were not aware of the reality of the groupInteractionist:Looks at how religion affects our individual lives as you report itProxy Measures:1.How many times a week you go to church/etc – there are rituals and rights that are part of being religious in this country2.How much money you give to whatever religious group you’re in3.Are you raising your children in the same religion?4.If you’re part of one of the mainstream churchesHowever, none of these really define if you’re religious or not b/c doesn’t get to the...
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Shanahan during the Fall '08 term at UNC.
- Fall '08