Religion and Family Links

Neofunctionalist Reflections

Authors: Swenson, Donald

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  • Brings together research and theory on family and religion
  • Shows how these two social institutions work – or don’t work together
  • Author has background in both family studies and religious studies
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Religion and Family Links
by Donald Swenson, Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

For many, the experience of religion and the family are organically connected: first exposure to religion often comes through the family, and, in families that practice a religion, it often has a shaping effect on their traditions, roles, practices, or structure. The author of this text captures the important relationship between religion and the family with a review of relevant literature on the subject, synthesizing it within a theoretical framework. The work begins with an introduction to the neofunctionalist theoretical framework of the family. This framework is connected to a multidimensional understanding of religion. With a focus on systems and a holistic interpretation of religion, the author uses a systems approach to construct a synthesis of the salient literature on the link between religion and the family.

 

Four systems that are embedded in the Neofunctionalist theoretical framework are presented: the chronosystem (including time and history), the organic system (that which is part of our biology), the personality system (with an accent on the individual in social context), the social system (everything to do with relationships and social organizations) and the cultural system (including mythology and ethos).

 

These systems are unified by common religious concepts, including: the idea of the sacred, religious experience, ritual, ethos and sacred organizations. The author uses historical and modern examples from folk religion, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, creating a comprehensive resource for understanding the links between these two important social phenomena.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Familial Links to the Sacred Neo-Functionalism and Religion

    Pages 1-13

    Swenson, Donald

  • The Chronosytem: A Social History of Religion and the Family Orientation

    Pages 15-48

    Swenson, Donald

  • The Organic System: Biology, Religion and the Family Orientation

    Pages 49-76

    Swenson, Donald

  • The Personality System: Religion having an Impact on the Individual and the Individual’s Influence on Religion in Familial Settings

    Pages 77-106

    Swenson, Donald

  • The Social System: Ritual and Social Organization

    Pages 107-134

    Swenson, Donald

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion and Family Links
Book Subtitle
Neofunctionalist Reflections
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-75621-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-75621-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-75620-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2597-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 190
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