Durkheim's Sociology of Religion: Themes and Theories

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Religious Studies Review - 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..."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780227172971
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 577
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Functionalist point of view

    Durkeim's perspectives on religion has completely marked the thought and idea of an agnostic reality more than anything. He tally's up his own information with what he believed in and characteristically poored answers to his questions of the idea and dimensions that religion brings into our lives as an every day function. It draws between contemporary and the various views that is classical theory. If you need a project for school or a paper to write on the functionalist point of view, this is the book for you.

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