functionalism for religion

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durkheim
believed in social solidarity and that society needed a value consensus to have stability.
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parsons
agreed and stated that it was the socialisation that helped to promote the shared norms and values. also institutions such as school and the church helped to maintain the social order.
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what functionalists believed religion did.
religion helped to maintain social order by influencing the individuals to follow the shared norms and values of the society. as well as this religion taught the traditional values; preventing any social chaos.
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social control and religion
functionalists believed that society needed religion to ensure that society was controlled. if society was controlled there was little room for anyone to break the rules and change the way society was.
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criticisms of functionalism
one criticism is that they fail to see the conflict that religion causes, such as the apartide movement and the holocaust. they also fail to see how religion is used to promote social change; like the Civil Rights Movement.
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criticisms continued
another criticism is that they assume consensus of values and norms.
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positives of the functionalist view
they support each others work so that they have more evidence to back up their claims. they do show how religion is beneficial to society.
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agreed and stated that it was the socialisation that helped to promote the shared norms and values. also institutions such as school and the church helped to maintain the social order.

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religion helped to maintain social order by influencing the individuals to follow the shared norms and values of the society. as well as this religion taught the traditional values; preventing any social chaos.

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functionalists believed that society needed religion to ensure that society was controlled. if society was controlled there was little room for anyone to break the rules and change the way society was.

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one criticism is that they fail to see the conflict that religion causes, such as the apartide movement and the holocaust. they also fail to see how religion is used to promote social change; like the Civil Rights Movement.

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