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Durkheim and Religion

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC201H1
Professor
J.Veugelers
Semester
Fall

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Functionalism 1 An example of functionalist analysis the political machine Robert K Merton 19102003 2 The nature of functionalist reasoning Talcott Parsons 19021979 3 Functionalist reasoning in the sociology of religion structural functionalism 4 Criticismsassumes society is unified by religionassumes different or no religious beliefs undermine social unityassumes a close fit between religious beliefs and those of society y Explaining is finding hidden realities y We explain things to people and connect what is unfamiliar with what is familiar y We draw analogies we explain to them y Explain one state of affairs to another state of affair y Mode of explanation that we find in the natural sciences as well as sociology y One of the rules by which we establish causality y Causal mechanism y Merton talks about the political machine often referred to as bossism y According to Merton using language of friendship poor accept health without losing dignity y Political machine offers an alternative route of social mobility for immigrants y What Merto
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