Relgion Socio Paper

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Jan 2012 socio past paper
Q1.
Three reasons why members of minority ethnic groups may seem to be more religious than the majority of the population is as follows. Firstly, they may follow religions than are not declining in popularity like Sikhism and Islam whereas Christianity in certain countries is on the decline. Secondly, if they are immigrating to a new country, they may use religion as a cultural defence and so will become more religious. Finally their culture that they come from may use religion as an integral part of socialisation and so they will carry on practising it when the reach new places.
Q2.
Religious organisations have been around since the first civilizations, they have been integral to do the development of the
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This research comprised of research into the black civil rights movement in America where churches provided safe havens for the protestors. Other sociologists also protest that religion is not declining but rather is adapting and changing, in the old days you were a member of a church for life, now with the introduction of New Age Movements (NAM) and New Religious Movements (NRM) as well as various cults and sect groups there is more choices for the individual. You now have the option to “pick and choose” your religions and even incorporate more than one at a time, by adapting various aspects, you can suit your own individual needs without needing to commit to one dominant religion. This offers a changing view on religiosity and so makes it hard to answer the question whether people can stop being lifelong members of one religion as there are many more different religions available.
In conclusion, to assess the view that most people today choose not to be a lifelong member of religious organisations is a difficult one, in a traditionalist sense, there has been a noticeable decline in previously dominant religious participation and membership, an increasing number of new and different religious groups and movements gives people more freedom and choice.

Q4.
Functionalists offer explanations to many different aspects of society, in this essay, I am going to examine their usefulness in our understanding of religion today.
The main sociologist Emile Durkheim,

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