The ultimate question studied by the sociology of religion = is religion in
in the face of modernity and science losing its power and headed for extinction?
The secularization thesis or debate = is religion losing its power and
RACE & ETHNICITY
A Different Mirror by Ronald T. Takaki
Emphasizes the need to look at race relations through a different
lens by exploring the similarities & differences in how various
minority groups have been treated by the dominant group
Need to l
Defended Neighborhoods: Sections of Detroit that most heavily resisted integration of the city.
The people of these areas belonged to strong social
organizations that banned together to fight blacks that moved or
planned to move into their neighborhoods.
General U.S. attitudes shifting about immigration =
Increase in immigrants stealing Americans jobs
Decrease in immigrants strengthening America w/ hard work
Increase in immigrants threatening American traditional values and
Key themes in the Sered article Sick out of Luck = loss of health care, caste vs.
class (working class vs. working poor), workers in insecure jobs without health care that
they need, etc
the main thesis of the Armstrong article Universal
o Conflict Theory
Class- and Race-based conflict is an inherent and fundamental part of
Racial prejudice and discrimination has very harmful effects on
society and individuals. It is inefficient, wasteful, violent, and contrary to