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Religion and Social Theory / Edition 2
     

Religion and Social Theory / Edition 2

by Bryan S Turner, B. S. Turner
 

ISBN-10: 080398569X

ISBN-13: 9780803985698

Pub. Date: 09/06/1991

Publisher: SAGE Publications

In Religion and Social Theory Bryan Turner assesses the different theoretical approaches to the social function of religion, in particular those of Engels, Durkheim, Weber, Nietzsche, Freud, Parsons, Marcuse, Habermas and Foucault. In so doing, he develops his own distinctive perspective on the role of religion as an institutional link between economic and

Overview

In Religion and Social Theory Bryan Turner assesses the different theoretical approaches to the social function of religion, in particular those of Engels, Durkheim, Weber, Nietzsche, Freud, Parsons, Marcuse, Habermas and Foucault. In so doing, he develops his own distinctive perspective on the role of religion as an institutional link between economic and human reproduction.

Social theories of religion are explored through a resolutely comparative and historical analysis of the Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The author's sociological approach makes a major contribution to the analysis of religion as a global cultural force in the tensions between consensus and conflict, tradition and modernity.

The second edition of this major overview of the social analysis of religion incorporates a substantial new introduction. It will be essential reading for lecturers and students in sociology of religion, social theory and comparative politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803985698
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/06/1991
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series , #10
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Other Religions
Social Cement
Social Opium
Religion as Exchange
Religion as Social Control
Feudalism and Religion
Individualism, Capitalism and Religion
Religion and Political Legitimacy
Religion and Global Politics cular Bodies and the Dance of Death
Appendix
What is Religion?

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