Chapter 14. Religion. Chapter Outline. What Religion Does in Society Characteristics of Religion. Religion. A social process that helps to order society and provide its members with meaning, unity, peace of mind, and the degree of control over events they believe is possible.
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rite of passage
set of rules
written sacred text
temporary state of equality amongst those of other castes, classes or kinship groups
women and men acting in non-conventional manner
behaviors that reflect and reinforce the status quo