The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion / Edition 1

The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion / Edition 1

by Bryan S. Turner
     
 

Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, this companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches. Covering all the areas relevant to undergraduate courses in this area, the companion begins by laying down the anthropological and sociological foundations of the

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Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, this companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches. Covering all the areas relevant to undergraduate courses in this area, the companion begins by laying down the anthropological and sociological foundations of the study of religion and their contemporary developments. It continues with an analysis of both traditional and contemporary forms of organization, such as church—sect typologies as well as “megachurches” and modern forms of spirituality. The secularization and post-secular society debates are considered in depth along with the globalization process, fundamentalism, charismatic movements, and revivalism. It also discusses the sociology of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and religions of China, as well as the areas of American exceptionalism from de Tocqueville onwards, religious nationalism, women and piety movements, and the spirituality of Native American communities.

Considering new developments in social theory and religion, the collection concludes with a discussion of recent work that attempts to understand the future of religion, blending the sociology of modern societies, anthropological ethnography, and philosophical inquiry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405188524
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/17/2010
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
712
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Mapping the Sociology of Religion Bryan S. Turner Turner, Bryan S. 1

PART I THE FOUNDATIONS 31

1 The Sociology of Religion: The Foundations Andrew McKinnon McKinnon, Andrew 33

2 Durkheim and After: Religion, Culture, and Politics William Ramp Ramp, William 52

3 The Functional Theory of Religion Victor Lidz Lidz, Victor 76

4 Recent Developments in the Anthropology of Religion Simon Coleman Coleman, Simon 103

PART II FROM SECULARIZATION TO RESACRALIZATION 123

5 Secularization Steve Bruce Bruce, Steve 125

6 American Exceptionalism? John Torpey Torpey, John 141

7 Resacralization Grace Davie Davie, Grace 160

PART III NEW DEVELOPMENTS 179

8 Rational Choice and the Sociology of Religion David Lebmann Lebmann, David 181

9 The Religious Habitus: Embodiment, Religion, and Sociological Theory Chris Shilling Shilling, Chris 201

10 Women, Religions, and Feminisms Fang-Long Shih Shih, Fang-Long 221

PART IV INSTITUTIONALIZATION: OLD AND NEW FORMS 245

11 New Research on Megachurches: Non-denominationalism and Sectarianism Stephen Ellingson Ellingson, Stephen 247

12 The Sociology of Spirituality: Reflections on a Problematic Endeavor Matthew Wood Wood, Matthew 267

13 Arguing against Darwinism: Religion, Science, and Public Morality John H. Evans Evans, John H. 286

PART V SOCIOLOGY OF COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS 309

14 The Sociology of Early Christianity: From History to Theory, and Back Again Joseph M. Bryant Bryant, Joseph M. 311

15 Judaism: Covenant, Pluralism, and Piety Alan Mittleman Mittleman, Alan 340

16 Sociology and Anthropology of Islam: A Critical Debate Gabriele Marranci Marranci, Gabriele 364

17 Approaches to the Study of Buddhism Catherine Newell Newell, Catherine 388

18 Sociology of Hinduism Pratap Kumar Penumala Penumala, Pratap Kumar 407

19 Religious Awakening in China under Communist Rule: A Political Economy Approach Fenggang Yang Yang, Fenggang 431

20 Native American Religious Traditions: A Sociological Approach Dennis F. Kelley Kelley, Dennis F. 456

PART VI GLOBALIZATION 475

21 Globalization and the Sociology of Religion Lionel Obadia Obadia, Lionel 477

22 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in a Global Perspective Afe Adogame Adogame, Afe 498

23 Fundamentalism Richard T. Antoun Antoun, Richard T. 519

24 Religion, Media, and Globalization Jeremy Stolow Stolow, Jeremy 544

25 Toward a Sociology of Religious Commodification Pattana Kitiarsa Kitiarsa, Pattana 563

26 Women and Piety Movements Rachel Rinaldo Rinaldo, Rachel 584

27 Religion and Nationalism: A Critical Re-examination Genevieve Zubrzycki Zubrzycki, Genevieve 606

PART VII THE FUTURE OF RELIGION 627

28 The Future of Religion Andrew Wernick Wernick, Andrew 629

29 Religion in a Post-secular Society Bryan S. Turner Turner, Bryan S. 649

Index 668

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