Postmodernism Essay Plan

Detailed essay plan for Postmodernism and religion.

Specifically looking at the question "Religion is about consumerism, where spiritual shoppers look in the spiritual marketplace for a product that suits their lifestyle” To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view?". 

This plan is not exhaustive of the possible points but is a good place to start.

(Note: Has been proofread but may still contain grammar/spelling mistakes)

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"RELIGION IS ABOUT CONSUMERISM, WHERE SPIRITUAL SHOPPERS LOOK IN THE SPIRITUAL
MARKETPLACE FOR A PRODUCT THAT SUITS THEIR LIFESTYLE" TO WHAT EXTENT DO
SOCIOLOGICAL ARGUMENTS AND EVIDENCE SUPPORT THIS VIEW?

Introduction
Define POSTMODERNISM
o A theoretical perspective that succeeds modernist views like functionalism and
Marxism.
Focuses on concepts such as…

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o CONVERTS ­offer strong sense of keeping their individual
belonging, based on shared identity.
ethnic background/ religious
doctrine. Recreate community
where tradition has been lost.

LYON ­ 'JESUS IN DISNEYLAND' MARXISTS -
RELIGION AS AN ISA/ `OPIATE'
Agrees with DAVIE and `BELIEVING WITHOUT (ALTHUSSER and
MARX )
BELONGING' as traditional…

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Meets the needs of people, humans ALDRIDGE ­ Argues that men dominating
are naturally religious, so a demand is religious organisations despite women being
constant. more active in them is evidence of their
It is also human nature to seek MARGINALISATION. Uses the barring of women
rewards and avoid costs-…

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trips, but used none when
fishing in lagoons.



Conclusion
Irony of the `DEATH OF THE META-NARRATIVE'by
LYOTARD
o Argues that meta-narratives are outdated and no longer entirely applicable. They
are all seen as equally valid to each other, but postmodernism itself is a
meta-narrative so its own version of the…

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