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.
CHAPTER TWENTY Dis / Location Engaging Feminist Inquiry in the Sociology of Religion Mary Jo Neitz The impact of feminism and feminist scholarship on the field of sociology has been much debated . This essay extends that debate to the ...
Grace Davie has a personal Chair in the Sociology of Religion in the University of Exeter. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion (2003) and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) ...
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
The Sociology of Religion is a comprehensive and wide-ranging introduction to theoretical debates in the sociology of religion, placing these theories in the context of specific religious beliefs and practices. Using examples as diverse as primitive religions, Buddhism, millenial movements, the Protestant Ethic, secularisation, cults and the new religious movements, Malcolm Hamilton demonstrates the multiplicity of religious traditions and enables readers to place their own experiences in a wider context. He draws on both historical and anthropological perspectives in his examination of religious practices and outlines the work of major sociological theorists including Marx, Durkheim, Malinowski and other Functionalists, Frazer and Weber in the examination of world religion, bringing these theories up-to-date. The significance of each theoretical perspective is illustrated by chapters on particular beliefs and practices.
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.
Volume 3: New Methods in the Sociology of Religion (2012). voting behavior, interviews for psychological studies, participant observations for ethnographic studies, and so forth. It is an open question whether these approaches are also ...
Category: Social Science
Religion is changing in present society, and social research is more attentive to its complexity. Simultaneously, new methods are developed in social research. This volume points to the potentials of methodological innovation in the social scientific study of religion, as a source of inspiration for future research.