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Introduction to Sociological Theory - Lecture 10

a new basis for formal laws in modern societies

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Unformatted text preview: struggles against capitalists and workers 3.) Forced Division of Labour Have a lack of justice Norms regarding our rights and responsibilities in the division of labour may at times become outdated or they may otherwise become inappropriate and are still retained because they serve the interests of those who have the power to keep the norms in place; reflect selfish desires to protect their own positions and deny positions to others People may be required to take on positions that are unsuitable or unfair given their talents Ex. Norms that reflect sexism and racism Religion A.) Durkheim's Study Study: The Elementary Forms of Religious Life published in 1912; many regard it to be his most impressive book Dealt with empirical data- involved descriptions of the religion beliefs and activities of tribal societies in both Australia and North America Empirical data came from previous/existing studies by anthropologists B.) What is Religion? Noted all religions make a distinction between the sacred and the profane The Profane- refers to the ordinary and common place elements of life The Sacred- refers to elements beyond everyday life which inspire awe and respect; sacred in context of Christianity (the cross, the bible and holy water) A difference Durkheim...
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