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dc.contributor.supervisor Axelrod, Charles (Sociology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Klassen, Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-18T18:59:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-18T18:59:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4982
dc.description.abstract This analysis deconstructs and destabilizes the use of polarization in the sociological analysis of religion. The sociology of religion operates on the assumption that fundamental differences exist between religion and non-religion. Beginning with Feuerbach, this approach is elaborated by Durkheim, Berger, Barnes, and Caplan. These authors differentiate religion and non-religion along multiple axes. The religious is characterized by irrationality, mystification, and masochism, while the non-religious is depicted as rational, empirical, and empowering. The deconstruction of this polarization may proceed along two different lines. First, the characterizations of religious thought and activity may be discredited. Second, these characterizations of religious thought may be shown to apply equally to the non-religious through a reflexive or symmetrical examination. If these contrasts are destabilized, the religious and non-religious become qualitative equivalents, engaged in a similar project, using similar tactics, and driven by similar objectives. en_US
dc.subject Deconstruction en_US
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Theory en_US
dc.title The deconstruction of contrast in the sociological analysis of religion en_US
dc.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Albas, Daniel (Sociology) MacKendrick, Kenneth (Religion) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2012 en_US


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