Today we’re turning our sociological eye to another major social institution: religion. We’ll use symbolic interactionism to help us understand the dichotomy of the Sacred vs. the Profane. We’ll compare the perspectives of structural functionalists and conflict theorists on whether religion improves social cohesiveness or increases social stratification. We’ll also explore how religious practice in the US differs across race and class lines.
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Sociology by John J. Macionis, 15th edition (2014)
Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Survey (2014) http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/
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