Disengagement Thesis

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  • Disengagement
    • Empty Churches
      • Wislon
        • Church only has symbolic meaning
        • Mass media replaced Religion
    • Social differentiation
      • Bruce
      • Religion less chance to assert control
      • Freedom to be more critical
    • Decline in political power/social influence
      • Wislon
        • Church only has symbolic meaning
        • Mass media replaced Religion
    • Withdrawn from society
    • Bruce
      • Societalisation
        • Society fragmated
        • Church no longer focal point
        • People look widely for services
        • Beliefs with less certainity
    • Role of religion in schools declined
    • Role of religion in socialisation children declined
    • Clergy lost status
    • Criticisms
      • Martin
        • Church now more turley Religious
      • Parsons
        • Structural differentiation
          • Social institutions evolved
            • Basis of social values
      • Casanova
        • Church hasn't withdrawn from society
        • Deprivatisation of religion
      • Mass Media still defines Religion as important
        • Songs of Praise
        • Debate
      • Thompson
        • Newer Churches still have Political influence
      • Church still involved in Secular issues
      • Bruce accused of exaggerating decline of community

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