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Lecture 5

SOCI 350 Lecture Notes - Totem, Collective Effervescence, Christian Symbolism

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Fall 2015

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCI 350
Professor
Erica Mc Collum
Lecture
5

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SOCI 350B Sept 23, 2015 Elementary Forms of Religious Life  Increased focus on culture and meaning  Sociology of knowledge – categories of thought  Continued themes - How community cohesion and morality is reproduced and ensured - Society has a reality of itself or is a supra-individual force that acts on its members Collective representations  Similar to idea of collective consciousness - Focused on shared symbols and representations of the world  Product of the collectivity - Through social interaction and experience - Shared meaning of what exists in the world  Collective representations are used to explain religion and categories of knowledge Sociology of Knowledge  Where do our basic categories of perception come from? - Time, space, cause and effect, class - Empirical – individual experience - Apriori – exist prior to experience  Categories of understanding as collective  P. 247 – “In so far as he belongs to society, the individual transcends himself, Elementary Forms of Religion  How do we define religion? - God? The supernatural?  Distinguish between everyday and revered or sacred The Sacred and Profane  Sacred – the “special” separate from everyday life  Profane – the everyday  Two distinct and separate realms Definition of Religion  “A unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say, things apart and forbidden – beliefs and practices which unite into one single moral community called church, all those who adhere to them” (Durkheim)  Beliefs – sacred things  Rituals – sacred things (ex. church) Explaining Religion 
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