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Religious experience in psychology, anthropology and sociology Lecture 3: Sociology of religion and the force of the individual

OCHS Library
Dr Jessica Frazier
Friday, 6 March 2009 - 10:00am

The necessity of analysing religious influences on society has meant that key sociologists from Marx to Durkheim and Weber insisted on the significance of mood, motivation, and individual agency as the heart of any idea of society change. Religious feeling is thus one of the cornerstones enabling their theorisation of social dynamics. Here we look at sociological models for studying subjectivity as an autonomous ‘centre’ of dynamism and force, the beating heart of grand-scale movements of history.

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