The gang finally tackles a topic we’ve been nervous about – religion! We rely on Emile Durkheim’s seminal book The Elementary Forms of Religious Life to guide us through this complex but fundamental aspect of human society. We discuss concepts related to religions from Durkheim’s perspective from social fact, rituals and symbols, the sacred and the profane, collective effervescence and more. What functions does religion serve in society? Why and how is it necessary for collective identity and social life? Tune in to learn more! And if you get upset, just blame Durkheim and not us!
Religion, Collective Identity, Symbolic Interactionism, Values, Morals, Traditions, Rituals, Structural Functionalism
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