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TAMU SOCI 326 - Social Institutions

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SOCI 326 1st Edition Lecture 2 What is Sociology? What is the Sociology of Religion? Skim chapter 2 What is the single largest religious denomination in the US? How are Mainline Protestants different from EvangelicalProtestants? What are common characteristics of Black Protestant churches? Sociologists love to "lump" individuals and small groups into biggergroups: what groups are lumped together in the category EvangelicalProtestant? What is similar/different among EvangelicalProtestants? Key characteristics of Christian Scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses,LDS,UU, Quakers What is the world's 2nd largest religion? What are the 5 Pillars of Islam? What is Sociology?1. Sociologists study Groups Question for Discussion: Is Religion primarily the activity of a group or individual? Group is more likely Durkheim: emphasized the group Other sociologists: individual2. Sociologists study Social InteractionsThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.Question for Discussion: How does TAMU create loyalty among new students? Through small groups3. Sociologists study Social Institutions and Social Structures 4. Sociologists study Social Patterns Religion in US: stability Change: Religious "nones" (believers but not "belongers") (15 20%)‐ Spiritual, not religious5. Sociologists understand That an Individual can be truly understood only within his or herSociohistorical Context 6. Sociologists are interested in the ways individuals are shaped and influenced by their social environment Key concept: Socialization 7. Sociologists are fascinated by Nonconformity and the ways in which people resist or change the social forces that surround them8. Sociologists are fascinated by the "social construction of reality." In the US, Slave masters: At first, slaves were not converted to Christianity, but later masters actively converted slaves to the faith.9. Sociologists Debunk Unbelieving Academics Gross & Simmons: "Academics are much more like other Americans in terms of personal religiosity" Atheism and agnosticism are much more common among professors than US population10. Sociology entails a critical approach to understanding the


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