I have a research paper in my sociology course where we are free to choose any topic we want as long as it relates to sociology and can relate to one or more theories of sociology.
I decided to choose the topic of Religion, however I am having difficulty trying to formulate a research question of religion based on sociology.
Some that I have thought of are:
What is the purpose of religion in life?
How is religion used in class distinctions?
However I feel as though these questions are too broad. I have sort of reach a dead end and need assistance.
I need ideas or questions of religion related to sociology that would become my research question
Any help on how to go about this would be appreciated or maybe I should change my topic? Thank you.
You possibly can find information on the correlations between "in-groups" and "out-groups," and respective religious denominations. Meaning that Episcopaleans are considered, I thought, an in-group sociologically. In-group reflecting their social standing/class in society. And, there are out-group Protestant denominations, reflecting a supposedly lower social standing/class in society. You can find them on your own.
And then the whole question of the sub-cultures within each denomination, and how they have their own social class system, regardless if they do not have a great representation at the most elite social clubs. There is, I believe, a strong correlation to wealth, so upper-class homes tend to be unaffordable by those of certain denominations. There are more than a few books written on this subject. Possibly Google phrases like, "upper class Americans" and the single word "religion."
You can even attempt to see if there is a statistical correlation, based on religion and "average IQ." We are not talking race here. Just religion. And, again, if it correlates to wealth, and in-group status, I would not be surprised. I would not try to identify a correlation to political persuasian, since that could really be for someone that is into parsing a lot of date, and perhaps doing a thesis.
All just my own thoughts; not saying anything I just wrote is worth a nickel.