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Soc 225 Religion and Non-Religion

Religion exists in a social context, and always is shaped by and shapes its social context. Furthermore, religion itself is always (at least in part) a socially constituted reality–that is, its content and structure are always formed, at least partially, out of the “stuff” of the socio-cultural world (language, symbols, groups, norms, interactions, resources, organizations, etc.). The sociology of religion pursues an understanding of both the “social-ness'” of religion itself and the mutually influencing interactions between religion and its social environment. We will analyze religious beliefs, practices, and organizations from a sociological perspective, with a primary focus on religion in contemporary American society.

Gerardo Marti

Davidson College

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, Sociology

General Comparative Traditions
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Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

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