Compare and contrast the views that religion is either a force for social stability or a force for social change (33 marks)

Rougly what a 33 mark answer should look like, got an A for this however, after looking at the mark scheme I think this could be a little bit too in depth but u get the jist =)

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Compare and contrast the views that religion is either a force for
social stability or a force for social change (33 marks)

Functionalists, Marxists and Feminists all in some ways see religion as
stabilising society as it is and preventing social change. However, many
sociologists argue that religion can also…

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religion and in addition to this, in most modern industrial societies there is
no overarching religion due to religious diversity.

Structural Feminists regard religion as a patriarchal institution that reflects
and perpetuates the inequalities between men and women. They believe
that religious beliefs function as a patriarchal ideology that legitimates…

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In contrast to structural Marxism, Neo Marxists are interested in how the
ruling class maintain their control over society through the use of ideas as
opposed to just force. Gramsci uses the term hegemony to refer to the
way the ruling class use idea like religion to maintain control over…

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Kautsky argues that Weber overestimates the role of ideas and factors in
bringing about capitalism. He argues that capitalism came before
Calvinism as opposed to following it.

Although all of the perspectives see religion as a conservative force there
is sufficient evidence to suggest that in some cases such as…

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