Social Theories Are A Product Of Their Time

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SOC104 Social Theories are a product of their time Alicia Bird Student Number: 4661230 Social theories are frameworks or paradigms used to examine social phenomena, it encompasses ideas about how societies change and develop. Methods for explaining theories include social behaviour, power, social structure, gender, ethnicity, modernity, civilisation, revolutions and utopias. These sets of ideas have never been accepted by everyone, although some may be more accepted than others. Social theories hypotheses phenomena such as why is there more crime in one area than another, is it due to unemployment or ethnicity. (Social theory applied, 2014) Auguste Comte was the first person who advanced the field of social science which formed…show more content…
(Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2014) Three examples of how social theories are a product of their time include religion, social interaction and welfare. Religion is a predominant feature in social theory and has perspectives on it from all founding fathers, they all believed that religion is simply an illusion due to the culture and location influencing religion to a certain degree, the idea that religion represented an important truth to existence seemed unconvincing to them. (Cliffs notes, 2013) The world’s oldest religion is known as Hinduism which is still around today, followed by the belief of the Egyptian gods approximately in 4000 BC. (Mark, 2009) After the birth of Jesus Christ and the bible, people’s faith then turned to Christianity. Christianity then grew and split into sub branches some such as Protestant, Catholic and Baptist, this then caused conflicts with people that held different views on different beliefs. Two major theorists involving religion include both Max Weber and Charles Taylor. Max Weber was the first to theorise that religion was an underlying force to explain the social change in the Industrial revolution and thought that culture made all the difference in the history of economic development. He was very committed to understanding how the Industrial Revolution had emerged in the West. Weber examined the impact of
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