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Religion and Everyday Life

Religion and Everyday Life

by Stephen Hunt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415351537

ISBN-13: 9780415351539

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Religion and Everyday Life explores the historical and contemporary relevance of religion to social life, through an examination of practice and belief. In this introductory text, Stephen Hunt reconsiders how theories and concepts are lived at the level of selfhood and cultural identity.

Religion and Everyday Life considers contemporary religiosity in all its forms,

Overview

Religion and Everyday Life explores the historical and contemporary relevance of religion to social life, through an examination of practice and belief. In this introductory text, Stephen Hunt reconsiders how theories and concepts are lived at the level of selfhood and cultural identity.

Religion and Everyday Life considers contemporary religiosity in all its forms, ranging from mainline Christianity, sectarianism and fundamentalism to new religious movements, ethnic religions and the New Age. Stephen Hunt uses up-to-date theory and research evidence to explore the vitality or otherwise of religion at the individual and everyday level. At the same time the book looks at contemporary changes in religious life and how these are impacted by socialization, institutional belonging, belief and practice through the life course, and the significance of class, gender, age and ethnicity. This book provides an accessible and captivating introduction to the sociology of religion and will be of interest to undergraduate students of sociology and religion.

About the Author:
Stephen Hunt is a Reader in Sociology and lecturer at the University of the West of England

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415351539
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
New Sociology Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Series Editor's Foreword     vii
Preface     x
Introduction     1
Contemporary religion: changing definitions     11
Postmodernist perspectives: the yet but not yet     28
Rational choice theory and its discontents     44
The context of everyday religion     59
Demographic variables: continuity and change     76
From 'church' to 'choice': transformations in contemporary Christianity     93
Faiths of certainty: fundamentalism and the religions of ethnic minorities     113
The rise and fall of the New Religious Movements     131
The New Age, self-spiritualities and quasi-religions     147
Conclusion: the religious and the sacred in everyday life     167
Bibliography     174
Index     190

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