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By Inger Furseth

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Is it actual that faith is weakening nowa days, or are we dealing with non secular resurgence? what's fundamentalism? How does it emerge and develop? What function does faith play in ethnic and nationwide conflicts? Is faith a basic driver or do political leaders use faith for his or her personal reasons? Do all religions oppress girls? those are a few of the questions addressed during this ebook. An creation to the Sociology of faith offers an summary of sociological theories of up to date non secular lifestyles. a few chapters are equipped in accordance with subject. Others provide short shows of classical and modern sociologists from Karl Marx to Zygmunt Bauman and their views on social existence, together with faith. in the course of the booklet, illustrations and examples are taken from a number of non secular traditions.

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His aim was to understand human action, which is rational and predictable. For him, the individual is the atom of sociology. This means that although it is necessary in the social sciences to use concepts that refer to collectivities, such as states, classes, and groups, references to a collective implies references to individual action. Weber is concerned with religious action as a particular type of social action. To achieve an understanding of social action, he looks at it from the viewpoint of the meaning that the action has.

Whereas the biological organism is governed by a material relation, society is bound together by the ties of ideas and social unity. This tradition points to two key themes in the writings of Durkheim: morality and social solidarity. Durkheim explains social solidarity by means of structural and moral factors. In his book The Division of Labor in Society (1984/1893), he distinguishes between the form of social solidarity resulting from commonality, and the form of solidarity resulting from specialization.

This means that although it is necessary in the social sciences to use concepts that refer to collectivities, such as states, classes, and groups, references to a collective implies references to individual action. Weber is concerned with religious action as a particular type of social action. To achieve an understanding of social action, he looks at it from the viewpoint of the meaning that the action has. He believes that the reason that ordinary men are influenced by religion is related to their mundane expectations, namely the hope for a good life in this world.

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