The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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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: 9780199588961
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1064
  • Sales rank: 814,503
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Clarke is a professorial member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford where he supervises research and teaches in the social sciences and religion. He has carried out extensive research in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He is the founding editor and currently the co-editor of The Journal of Contemporary Religion and author and/or editor of some twenty books and over one hundred articles.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction:Towards a Global Framework and Organic Understanding of Religion, Peter Clarke
I: Theory: Classical, Modern and Postmodern
2. Reappraising Durkheim for the Study and Teaching of Religion, William E. Paden
3. The Uses of Max Weber: Legitimation and Amnesia in Buddhology, South Asian History, and Anthropological Practice Theory, David N. Geller
4. Max Weber: Religion and Modernization, Hans G. Kippenberg
5. Max Weber on Islam and Confucianism: the Kantian Theory of Secularization, Bryan S. Turner
6. Religion in the Works of Habermas, Bourdieu and Foucault, Inger Furseth
7. Rational Choice Theory: A Critique, Malcolm Hamilton
8. Religion and Gender, Sian Hawthorne
9. Religion and Modernity Worldwide, Robert W. Hefner
10. Postmodernism and Religion, Nikolai Wenzel
11. Religion and Power, Meerten ter Borg
12. Culture and Religion, Matt Waggoner
I: Method
13. Methodology in the Sociology of Religion, Ole Preben Riis
14. Conceptual Models in the Study of Religion, Jeppe Sinding Jensen
15. Defining Religion: A Social Science Approach, Andre Droogers
16. Explaining Religion through Cognitive Science, K. Helmut Reich
III: Religion and related spheres: Morality, Science, Irreligion, Art and Sexuality
17. Science and Religion, William Sims Bainbridge
18. Atheism, William Sims Bainbridge
19. Religion and Morality, John Reeder
20. The Contemporary Convergence of Art and Religion, Robert Wuthnow
21. The Social Roots and Meaning of Trance and Possession, I. M. Lewis
IV: Religion and the State, the Nation, the Law
22. Religion and the State, Phillip E. Hammond and David W. Machacek
23. Religion and Nationalism, Christophe Jaffrelot
24. Religion and the Law: An Interactionist View, James T. Richardson
25. The Socio-cultural and Socio-religious Origins of Human Rights, Enzo Pace
V: Globalisation and its Religious Effects
26. Globalization, Theocratization and Politicized Civil Rights, Roland Robertson
27. Migration and the Globalization of Religion, Caroline Pluss
28. Religious Fundamentalism, Anson Shupe
29. Religious Diversity, Gary D. Bouma
VI: Standard or Mainstream Religion
30. The Meaning and Scope of Secularization, Karel Dobbelaere
31. The Sociology of the Clergy, Dean R. Hoge
32. Congregations: Local, Social and Religious, Nancy T. Ammerman
33. Church-Sect-Cult:Constructing Typologies of Religious Groups, Lorne L. Dawson
34. Sects in Islam, Sam Zubaida
VII: The Reproduction and Transmission of Religion
35. The Reproduction and Transmission of Religion, Mathew Guest
36. Generations and Religion, Wade Clark Roof
37. Religion and Family, Penny Edgell
38. Religion and Ritual, Peter Collins
39. Religion in the Media, Stewart M. Hoover
40. Religion and the Internet, Gary R. Bunt
VIII: New Religion, New Spirituality and Implicit Religion
41. New Religious Movements, David G. Bromley
42. Unchurched Spirituality, Eva M. Hamberg
43. Spiritualities of Life, Paul Heelas
44. The Sociology of Esotericism, Kennet Granholm
45. Implicit Religion, Edward Bailey
XI: Environmental and Social Issues
46. Religion and Ecology, Mary Evelyn Tucker
47. Religion, Spirituality and Health: An Institutional Approach, Wendy Cadge
48. Religion and Social Problems: A New Theoretical Perspective, Titus Hjelm
49. Religion and Social Problems: Individual and Institutional Responses, Anne Birgitta Yeung
50. The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to Crime and Delinquency, Bryon R. Johnson
51. Religion and Altruism, Keishin Inaba and Kate Loewenthal
52. Religious Violence, Mark Juergensmaeyer
53. Girard, Religion, Violence, and Modern Martydom, Michael Kirwan
X: Teaching the Sociology of Religion
54. The Teacher as Religious Ethnographer, Eleanor Nesbitt
55. Ethnography/ Religion: Explorations in Field and Classroom, James V. Spickard

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