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SCLY 3 Beliefs in Society [REVISION GUIDE]
Religion as a conservative force 1: the functionalist
perspective
T he f
u nct
ional
ist
perspect
ive
see s
rel
igi
on as mainl
y a
conservat
ive
force,
pr
omo t
in g soci
al
harmony,
s oci
a l
i
ntegr
a t
ion
and
social
sol
idar
it
y thr
ou gh
the
reinforcement
of t
he val
ue conse nsus
-- a wi
despread
a greeme nt
around t
he ma i
n…read more

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SCLY 3 Beliefs in Society [REVISION GUIDE]
be a disruptive and socially divisive influence.
3. Civil religion
D u r
kh e i
m beli
e ved t
ha t
t
h e sup erna tura l
di
me nsio ns of
reli
gion
w ou l
d ev en tu all
y di sappear, a nd t
ha t
o ther
`c ivi
l
rel
ig i
ons'
mi ght
tak e on
th i
s r
ole i
n p eo ple's
lives.…read more

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