Social Action Theory

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  • Social Action Theories
    • Weber (1922)
      • believed that religion is actively used by individuals to make sense of day-to-day life
        • For example: it might be used to explain why someone "Good" dies young and why a "Bad" person continues to prosper
      • Weber took a micro  view, however,arguing that individuals use religion to explain why some people have wealth , statue and power
    • Evaluation of Weber
      • Weber only provides a partial explanation of the function of religion.
      • For example, Hinduism justifies the caste system, which then rigidly shapes the lives the believers


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