Soci 101 Notes 12.2

Soci 101 Notes 12.2 - Continuation of Religion Sociology of...

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Continuation of Religion Sociology of Religion Durkheim - find the essence of religion through the aboriginal tribe Sacred (set apart through ritual - added significance through participance) vs. Profane Three components of religion 1. Belief - collective representations 2. Ritual - rules of conduct that govern our behavior in the presence of the sacred 3. Church - membership in a community Religion is society apotheosized - society is made into a God "Collective Epervescence" - when we all perform rituals/collective actions Not religious himself - looked for a natural explanation - God is society in the end Society transcends the individual - suppresses selfish tendencies, society is of greater importance Methods of religion Qualitative 1. Ethnogrophies 2. Qualitative interviews Quantitative 1. Surveys GSS - nationally representative sample of population Predominantly protestants in the US - a little more than half People do not want to be identified with a religion that is linked with conservative politics, so the
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