IS3 - SOC 1004 spring 2008 Neal King Tuesday, January 29,...

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SOC 1004 spring 2008 Neal King
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Rituals generate solidarity and thus sustain groups. O The most potent rituals focus on sacrifices made for the group. O Groups transform grief into solidarity by engaging in rituals that reframe symbols of victimization as symbols of sacrifice. O That the group draws strength from the killing of its own members is the totem secret.
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Reminder: The transfer of sacrificial authority from sect to secular state weakened sects by limiting their power to crusade. O mutual tolerance through secular compulsion— the Bible’s first commandment O Pluralism tends to weaken the authority of religious leaders, reducing them from prophetic leadership to the exploitation of wedge issues in order to generate solidarity.
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With churches and sects deprived of killing authority, denominations and cults compete for adherents in pluralist peace … O McWorld —consumer capitalist activity (e.g., a multinational conglomerate). O
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course SOC 1004 taught by Professor Mdhughes during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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IS3 - SOC 1004 spring 2008 Neal King Tuesday, January 29,...

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