The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

by Peter Clarke
     
 


The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars providing both an entry point into the sociological study and understanding of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. The role and impact of religion and spirituality on the politics, culture,… See more details below

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The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars providing both an entry point into the sociological study and understanding of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. The role and impact of religion and spirituality on the politics, culture, education and health in the modern world is rigorously discussed and debated. The study of the sociology of religion forges interdisciplinary links to explore aspects of continuity and change in the contemporary interface between society and religion. Using a combination of theoretical, methodological and content-led approaches, the fifty-seven contributors collectively emphasise the complex relationships between religion and aspects of life from scientific research to law, ecology to art, music to cognitive science, crime to institutional health care and more. The developing character of religion, irreligion and atheism and the impact of religious diversity on social cohesion are explored. An overview of current scholarship in the field is provided in each themed chapter with an emphasis on encouraging new thinking and reflection on familiar and emergent themes to stimulate further debate and scholarship. The resulting essay collection provides an invaluable resource for research and teaching in this diverse discipline.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199279791
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages:
848
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 2.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theory: Classical, Modern, and Postmodern

Pt. II Method

Pt. III Religion and Boundaries: Morality, Science, Irreligion, Art, and Embodiment (Trance)

Pt. IV Religion and the State, the Nation, the Law

Pt. V Globalization, Fundamentalism, Migration, and Religious Diversity

Pt. VI Religious Collectivities and the Status and Role of the Religious Professionals (the Clergy)

Pt. VII Secularization and the Reproduction and Transmission of Religion

Pt. VIII Religious Change: New Religions and New Spiritualities, Esotericism and Implicit Religion

Pt. IX Religion and Ecology, Health, Social Issues, and Violence

Pt. X Teaching the Sociology of Religion

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