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Durkheim on religion

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Durkheim on religion SOC 102

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These notes are from last quarter but Jepson is teaching about dead people, nothing new about them is ever going to be said.
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Date Created: 01/06/16
1/6/2016 Durkheim­Religion.docx ●eligion ○specially strong in mechanical solidarity, Durkheim argued that  religion functions as a powerful social controlling mechanism that integrates people into social groups and controls their ego. Two main functions of religion ntegration­make you feel as your part of society egulation­another way to make you feel connected to society basically, by giving you more constraints Religion controls people because it provides people with comfort and stability; it holds people together. Religion reinforces norms that people must follow and because of the fear of the consequences, people will follow those norms. Religion can be so strong, that  people would even die for their religion (martyrs, suicide bombers etc) However, Durkheim argued that religion is nothing more but a mirror reflection of society. By this he meant that people needed to  believe in a higher power, they need purpose and they need to  know that something greater is out there, so they in turn created god. People created religion. They created the norms, whichis a direct reflection of their values (social facts). Hence, if we  want to learn about society, we must look into the bible and learn about each one of our beliefs, from family to marriage etc ■ tree becomes sacred the more people believe in it ules are divine because they are important­thus, a  social fact, is an exact reflection of our own beleifs, what we feel is important  ○ence if religion is a direct reflection of society and nothing  more than social values, than religion itself is just the  worship of society  2 conditions of religion  There has to be a distinction between the sacred and the profane ●acred objects are merely profane  objects that we make sacred by  believing in their power  ○eeded to renew/keep our faith alive ●hings are made sacred by defining certain aspects crucial to our society. such as a cow in India is made sacred because it is important to sustaining life (cow gives chrome­extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html people milk/manure is the main s1/1ce of


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