SOC201 SP14 ShortAssignment 2

SOC201 SP14 ShortAssignment 2 - Sociology 201 Contemporary...

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Sociology 201 Contemporary Social Theory Spring, 2014 Assignment #2, Due on February 6 by 4:30PM Using the section from Emile Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, which discusses ritual and the excerpt from Lloyd Warner’s book , The Living and the Dead , please apply the insights of these materials to interpret some aspect of your own social experience. In Elementary Forms of the Religious Life and The Living and the Dead , Durkheim and Warner discuss religion in a way that is different from the conventional understanding of it, which is based on worshiping deities. Instead, they focus on religion as a social phenomenon that includes community formation around certain beliefs and rituals. Religious ceremonies are not solely a way to celebrate supernatural deities but also a way to worship life itself because religion exists as long as there are societies. Warner mentions Memorial Day as a “holy day as well as a
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