Sociology of Religion : A Reader / Edition 1by Susanne C. Monahan
Pub. Date: 09/29/2000
Publisher: Prentice Hall
This collection of articles explores the relationship between the structure and culture of religion and various aspects of social life in the United States. Based on both classic and contemporary research in the sociology of religion, it highlights a variety of research methods and theoretical approaches in exploring the ways in which religious values, beliefs and… See more details below
This collection of articles explores the relationship between the structure and culture of religion and various aspects of social life in the United States. Based on both classic and contemporary research in the sociology of religion, it highlights a variety of research methods and theoretical approaches in exploring the ways in which religious values, beliefs and practices shape the world outside of church, synagogue, or mosque walls while simultaneously being shaped by the non-religious forces operating in that world. Many readings from drawn popular sources--e.g., newspapers and magazines--and although many of the readings are about religion in the Christian tradition, there are also readings about religion outside the American context (e.g., Poland, England, El Salvador, Nicaragua), and beyond the Christian tradition (e.g., Judaism, alternative religions, Hindu traditions). Classic Sociological Definitions Of Religion; Belief And Ritual; Religious Experience; Race, Ethnicity And Religion; Gender And Religion; Social Class And Religion; Sexual Identity And Religion; The Secularization Debate; Religious Organizations, Institutions And Authority; Alternative Religions; Media And Religion; Politics And Religion; Science And Religion; Social Movements And Religion. For anyone interested in the sociology of religion or religious perspectives on social issues.
Table of Contents
I. CLASSIC SOCIOLOGICAL DEFINITIONS OF RELIGION.
1. Introduction, Wade Clark Roof.
2. Introduction to Classical Sociological Definitions of Religion, Patricia Chang.
3. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Emile Durkheim.
4. From Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law, Karl Marx.
5. Religion as a Cultural System, Clifford Geertz.
6. The Sacred Canopy, Peter Berger.
II. BELIEF AND RITUAL.
7. Introduction to Belief and Ritual, Susanne Monahan.
8. Passover's Hustle and Bustle, Patrice Gaines.
9. Salvation on Sand Mountain, Dennis Covington.
10. Civil Religion in America, Robert Bellah.
11. Liminality and Communitas, Victor Turner.
III. RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE.
12. Introduction to Religious Experience, William MacDonald.
13. Angels, Kenneth Woodward.
14. The Reality of the Unseen, William James.
15. Religious Experience, Wayne Proudfoot.
16. Ways of Seeing Ecstasy in Modern Society, David Yamane and Megan Polzer.
IV. RACE, ETHNICITY, AND RELIGION.
17. Introduction to Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Michael Emerson.
18. Becoming American by Becoming Hindu, Prema Kurien.
19. Cultural Conflicts and Identity: Second-Generation Hispanic Catholics in the United States, Wade Clark Roof and Christel Manning.
20. Sacrifice of Praise: Emotion and Collective Participation in an African-American Worship Service, Timothy Nelson.
21. Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States, Min Zhou and Carl L. Buckston.
22. Ethnicity: Source of Strength? Source of Conflict?, Milton Yinger.
V. GENDER AND RELIGION.
23. Introduction to Gender and Religion, Lori Beaman.
24. The Spiritual Revolution: Women's Liberation as Theological Re-Education, Mary Daly.
25. The Embodied Goddess: Feminist Witchcraft and Female Divinity, Wendy Griffin.
26. The Social Construction of a New Leadership Role: Catholic Women Pastors, Ruth Wallace.
27. Male God Imagery and Female Submission: Lessons from a Southern Baptist Ladies' Bible Class, Carolyn Pevey, Christine Williams, and Christopher Ellison.
VI. SOCIAL CLASS AND RELIGION.
28. Introduction to Social Class and Religion, William Mirola.
29. Millhands and Preachers, Liston Pope.
30. Protestantism and the American Labor Movement: The Christian Spirit in the Gilded Age, Herbert Gutman.
31. Cultures of Solidarity, Rick Fantasia.
32. The Catholic Church in the Nicaraguan Revolution: A Gramscian Analysis, Dana Sawchuck.
VII. SEXUAL IDENTITY AND RELIGION.
33. Introduction to Sexual Identity and Religion, William Mirola.
34. Keeping the Faith, Mubarik Dahir, Chuck Colbert, and Allen Flippen.
35. Culture Wars: The Challenge of Homosexuality, James D. Hunter.
36. Dare to Differ: Gay and Lesbian Catholics' Assessments of Official Catholic Positions on Sexuality, Andrew K.T. Yip .
37. Negotiating a Religious Identity: The Case of the Gay Evangelical, Scott Thumma.
VIII. THE SECULARIZATION DEBATE.
38. Introduction to the Secularization Debate, Susanne Monahan.
39. Secularization and Pluralism, Peter Berger.
40. Secularization and Its Discontents, Bryan Wilson.
41. An Unsecular America, Roger Finke.
IX. RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, AND AUTHORITY.
42. Introduction to Religious Organizations, Institutions and Authority, Susanne C. Monahan.
43. AME Zion Megachurch Leaves Denomination, Christian Century.
44. Priest and Nun Barred from Ministry to Gays, Christian Century.
45. Domination and Stratification, Max Weber.
46. The Chuching of America: Why “Mainline” Denominations Decline, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark.
47. Authority and Controversial Policy: The Churches and Civil Rights,James R. Wood.
48. Some Futures for Religious Leadership, Jackson Carroll.
X. ALTERNATIVE RELIGIONS.
49. Introduction to Alternative Religions, Wendy W. Young.
50. An Army Controversy: Should Witches Be Welcome? Flap Over Wiccans Tests Military's Religious Tolerance, Hanna Rosin.
51. Modern Alternative Religions in the West, J. Gordon Melton.
52. The Unification Church, Eileen Barker.
53. The Church of Scientology: Lightning Rod for Cultural Boundary Conflicts, Mary Farrell Bednarowski.
54. Apocalypse at Waco, James Tabor.
XI. MEDIA AND RELIGION.
55. Introduction to Media and Religion, Eric Gormly.
56. The Source of the Problem?, Stewart Hoover, S. Venturelli and D. Wagner.
57. Televangelism: Redressive Ritual within a Larger Social Drama, Bobby C. Alexander.
58. Television Drama as Sacred Text, Quentin J. Schulze.
XII. POLITICS AND RELIGION.
59. Introduction to Politics and Religion, Richard Wood.
60. Will It Be Coffee, Tea, or He? Religion Was Once a Conviction. Now It Is a Taste, Charles Krauthammer.
61. Catholicism in the United States: From Private to Public Denomination, José Casanova.
62. The Political Mobilization of Evangelical Protestants, Kenneth Wald.
63. The Religious Roots of Rebellion, Phillip Berryman.
XIII. SCIENCE AND RELIGION.
64. Introduction to Science and Religion, Eric Gormly and William MacDonald.
65. “How the Heavens Go,” Kenneth Woodward.
66. Essays on Religion, George Simmel.
67. First Principles, Herbert Spencer.
68. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan.
69. Is the Universe Absurd?, Paul Davies.
XIV. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND RELIGION.
70. Introduction to Social Movements and Religion, William Mirola.
71. I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.
72. When Will Revolutionary Movements Use Religion?, Leland Robinson.
73. Correcting a Curious Neglect, or Bringing Religion Back In, Christian Smith.
74. Church Culture as a Strategy of Action in the Black Community, Mary Patillo-McCoy.
75. Pastoral Mobilization and Contention: The Religious Foundations of the Solidarity Movement in Poland, Maryjane Osa.
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