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Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, the New Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches.

  • Covers major debates in secularization theory, rational choice theory, 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 Southeast Asia
  • Offers discussions on the latest developments, including "megachurches", spirituality, post-secular society and globalization
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Editorial Reviews

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"All of this being said I enjoyed reading this book for its in-depth examination of the complexities of the social forces that are shaping and are being shaped by religious groups around the world. I certainly see this being of theoretical value for researchers engaging the new religious realities of our world." (Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, 6 August 2011)

"That said, the new companion is a timely and valuable work, validly updating the original companion and a good addition to the reference shelves of any academic or specialist library". (Reference Reviews, 1 December 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405188524
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 712
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate School and Director of the Committee on Religion and Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and subsequently Professor of Sociology in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Professor Turner was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Bielefeld University, Germany, a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. He recently published The Body and Society, third edition (2008), and edited The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (2009).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

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


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


5 Secularization Steve Bruce Bruce, Steve 125

6 American Exceptionalism? John Torpey Torpey, John 141

7 Resacralization Grace Davie Davie, Grace 160


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


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


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


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


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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