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Functionalism or Fallacy: Re-locating Hans Mol’s Identity Theory

Powell, Adam J.

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In this paper, the identity theory of religion outline by sociologist Hans Mol in the 1970s is introduced and located among the various competing theories of the mid-20th century. Using such comparisons, particularly with enigmatic sociological figures, it is argued that the original consensus that Mol represented yet another neo-functionalist theory of religion is fallacious. Instead, it is suggested that his theoretical framework, whilst ambitious and broad, is something other than functionalism and avoids easy categorisation when viewed from a 21st-century perspective on the history of ideas.

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Powell, A. J. (2017). Functionalism or Fallacy: Re-locating Hans Mol’s Identity Theory. Italian Sociological Review, 7(1), 63-85. https://doi.org/10.13136/isr.v7i1.149

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date May 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2017
Journal Italian Sociological Review
Publisher University of Verona
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 63-85
DOI https://doi.org/10.13136/isr.v7i1.149
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1359750

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