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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 10 Religion: A social institution A cultural universal A system of beliefs, emotional attitudes and rituals to solve the unlimited problem of human life Durkheim: A unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things World Religion: 87% of world population adhere to certain religious faith Monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism Polytheistic: Hinduism The role of religion: Durkheim: Religion plays an integrative function Gives meaning to life Meetings at graveyards, mosques, churches help foster social harmony Integrates individual in society Defines our calamities in life as less important (death) Binds people in times of crisis and confusion (After attacks on Babri mosque or Twin...
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Fakter during the Spring '11 term at BRAC University.
- Spring '11