What are the functionalist views on the role of religion?


A level


10m 0s
Functionalists developed one of the earliest theories of religion, and in this podcast you will explore the work of Durkheim, Malinowski, Parsons and Bellah to find out why they think religion plays such an important role in society.

  1. Listen carefully to the podcast and make careful notes of key concepts and any key thinkers. 
  2. What is meant by religion being a ‘a mechanism of adjustment?’
  3. According to Malinowski religion provides ‘individual psychological functions’. What does this mean?
  4. What are the problems with the functionalist approach to understanding the role of religion?

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