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Durkheim's Sociology of Religion: Themes and Theories
     

Durkheim's Sociology of Religion: Themes and Theories

by W. S. F. Pickering
 
Religion is central to Durkheim's theory of society, and his work laid most of the foundations of the sociology of religion. Daring and brilliant though his analysis was, its bold claims and questionable premises has made it the subject of ongoing academic debate. Durkheim's work on the subject reached a peak with the publication in 1912 of what turned out to be a

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Religion is central to Durkheim's theory of society, and his work laid most of the foundations of the sociology of religion. Daring and brilliant though his analysis was, its bold claims and questionable premises has made it the subject of ongoing academic debate. Durkheim's work on the subject reached a peak with the publication in 1912 of what turned out to be a classic in its field, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. No other book has explained Durkheim's views on religion using the whole corpus of his writings. Dr Pickering shows how Durkheim's position developed and explains the themes and theories that run through Durkheim's work. This includes Durkheim's attitude towards secularisation and Christian churches, as well as his notion of the contemporary cult of the individual.

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review, Vol. 38, number 3, September 2012 - Margarita Simon Guillory
"...The book represents a comprehensive analysis of Durkheim's sociology of religion, which makes it a must-read for scholars and students of sociology and sociology of religion..."
Journal for the Study of Religious and Ideologies, vol.8, issue 25 (Spring) - Ramona Hosu
Durkheim’s works inspired by the scientific canons of sociological methodology, laid the foundation for the understanding of the multiple influences of community and society on individual behaviour and practices. Thus, it is understandable why it is exceptionally difficult to concentrate such a great legacy in a single study, which makes Dr Pickering’s work considerably consistent and unique.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780227172971
Publisher:
Lutterworth Press, The
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
577
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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