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Ungar Ch 9, Up to p 127.

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Fall 2008

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCA01H3
Professor
Sheldon Ungar

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Ungar Chapter 9
Civil Region and the Arms Race
x Paper examines interaction between civil religion and politics and the nuclear arms race
x Argues that the bomb posed special difficulties to American values and that these were
overcome by symbolically aligning it with elements of America civil religion
x Bellah (1967): introduced the idea of civil religion into sociological discourse
x Paper shows how elements of civil religion were employed to legitimate the American
development of and reliance on atomic weapons
x And to show how the Sputnik (name of satellites) moral panic fundamentally challenged this
similarity between atomic supremacy and civil religion
Warning: This chapter is dense! Read these notes at your own discretion!
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instituati}vo]Ì[
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x 3 of these times identified: War of Independence, the Civil War and the post-1945 period where
America is trying to find a moral posture in a revolutionary world
x FIRST TWO crises in particular that elements of civil religion forged!
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x Post-1945 period:
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x This new historical posture could be seen as the realization of elements of American civil religion
x Development and functions of civil religion in response to the atomic bomb and the related
missile race
x Atomic bomb = unique phenomenon that posed special difficulties to American values
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x But a Soviet atomic explosion challenged this destiny and led Americans to invest their faith in
nuclear and hence technological superiority
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Ungar Chapter 9 Civil Region and the Arms Race N Paper examines interaction between civil religion and politics and the nuclear arms race N Argues that the bomb posed special difficulties to American values and that these were overcome by symbolically aligning it with elements of America civil religion N Bellah (1967): introduced the idea of civil religion into sociological discourse N Paper shows how elements of civil religion were employed to legitimate the American development of and reliance on atomic weapons N And to show how the Sputnik (name of satellites) moral panic fundamentally challenged this similarity between atomic supremacy and civil religion Warning: This chapter is dense! Read these notes at your own discretion! N Bellah: defines civil religion as: ZZo]2]}Z]KLZ]}L}L7]LZo]}}o7 Z}2ZZ] Z]]LZ]ZZ]Z}] o]L ]LZo]2Z}LZ LLo][ N K] L ]]oo]2]}L }L]LZo]ZZZ}Ko[LZK2]Lo[LZZ o instituati}Lo][ N ooZ}ZZZoKLZ}K] L ]]oo]2]}LK}oLo}]LZ]KZ} ]o[ N 3 of these times id
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