Generally, sociologists of religion have an interest in religion's effect on society and society's influence on religious life. This book will attempt to demonstrate that there is interdependence between general sociology and the ...
Author: Inger Furseth
Is it true that religion is weakening in modern times, or are we facing religious resurgence? What is fundamentalism? How does it emerge and grow? What role does religion play in ethnic and national conflicts? Is religion a fundamental driving force or do political leaders use religion for their own purposes? Do all religions oppress women? These are some of the questions addressed in this book. An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion provides an overview of sociological theories of contemporary religious life. Some chapters are organized according to topic. Others offer brief presentations of classical and contemporary sociologists from Karl Marx to Zygmunt Bauman and their perspectives on social life, including religion. Throughout the book, illustrations and examples are taken from several religious traditions.
sociology of religion may be taught infrequently or in another department . Graduate students may express fears about diminishing job prospects if they write a dissertation about religion , and faculty specializing in sociology of ...
Insofar as our most relevant “mother discipline”, the sociology of religion, is concerned, an examination of several highly regarded recent works (e.g., Woodhead and Heelas 2000, Fenn 2001, Bruce 2002, McGrath 2002a) reveals that ...
Author: Tope Omoniyi
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
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This is associated with the entrance, into the sociology of religion, of discourses and methods associated with Religious Studies. Its consequences are seen in the fact that the sociology of spirituality typically pays little attention ...
Author: Bryan S. Turner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Social Science
Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, the NewCompanion provides a comprehensive introduction to thesociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative andhistorical approaches. Covers major debates in secularization theory, rational choicetheory, feminism and the body Takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering history,sociology, anthropology, and religious studies International in its scope, covering American exceptionalism,Native American spirituality, and China, Europe, and SoutheastAsia Offers discussions on the latest developments, including"megachurches", spirituality, post-secular society andglobalization
(1957) 'Malinowski on magic and religion', in R. Firth (ed.) Man and Culture: An Evaluation of the Work of Bronislav Malinowski. London: Routledge. Neitz, M.J. and Mueser, P.R. (1997) 'Economic man and the sociology of religion: a ...
Author: Malcolm B. Hamilton
This clear introduction to the sociology of religion combines a discussion of key theorists with a modern emphasis on the diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Malcolm Hamilton's expanded second edition brings the discussion fully up-to-date, and extends its material on secularization and religious sects, giving a broad comparative view. Drawing on the insights of history, anthropology and sociology, he surveys classic and contemporary theory to give a full picture of the variety and scope of theoretical perspectives.
English—speaking sociologists American sociology of religion 33—5,36—7 British sociology of religion 36—7 Canadian ... debate between 39 Weber's perspective on the sociology of religion 29, 32 Enlightenment xix, 47, 64, 65—6, 95, 175, ...
Author: Grace Davie
Category: Social Science
A new edition of a successful book from one of the biggest names in the field of the sociology of religion. The first edition is widely adopted and cited throughout the world, and readers will be keen to see this revised and updated version.
presented his Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (1931), and after his immigration to the United States, he wrote his extensive Sociology of Religion (1944). Wach himself described his Introduction as a first incomplete sketch, ...
Author: Adam Possamai
Category: Social Science
The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion takes a three-pronged look at this, namely investigating the role of religion in society; unpacking and evaluating the significance of religion in and on human history; and tracing and outlining the social forces and influences that shape religion. This encyclopedia covers a range of themes from: • fundamental topics like definitions • secularization • dimensions of religiosity to such emerging issues as civil religion • new religious movements This Encyclopedia also addresses contemporary dilemmas such as fundamentalism and extremism and the role of gender in religion.
Religion finds expression in a distinctive social system, which touches on society as a whole. The sociology of religion must therefore rank as “one of the central areas of sociology”.” Its treatment as an independent sub-discipline of ...
Durkheim's (1971) theory of religion constituted a deliberate break from theology (i.e., through the argument that religion is socially constructed and is about worshipping society), a Durkheimian sociology of religion has not developed ...
The contributors to this book explore how 'bringing the social back into the sociology of religion' allows a better understanding of contemporary religious life. They do so by engaging with social theories and addressing issues of epistemology and scientific reflexivity.
Despite Hadden's plea for a fuller theoretical examination of the relationship between religion and social problems, his paper did not strike a chord in the sociology of religion community at the time and did not lead to further ...
Author: Peter Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars providing both an entry point into the sociological study and understanding of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. The role and impact of religion and spirituality on the politics, culture, education and health in the modern world is rigorously discussed and debated. The study of the sociology of religion forges interdisciplinary links to explore aspects of continuity and change in the contemporary interface between society and religion. Using a combination of theoretical, methodological and content-led approaches, the fifty-seven contributors collectively emphasise the complex relationships between religion and aspects of life from scientific research to law, ecology to art, music to cognitive science, crime to institutional health care and more. The developing character of religion, irreligion and atheism and the impact of religious diversity on social cohesion are explored. An overview of current scholarship in the field is provided in each themed chapter with an emphasis on encouraging new thinking and reflection on familiar and emergent themes to stimulate further debate and scholarship. The resulting essay collection provides an invaluable resource for research and teaching in this diverse discipline.