Social Theory and Religion

Social Theory and Religion

by James A. Beckford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521773369

ISBN-13: 9780521773362

Pub. Date: 01/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book looks at ways of improving our understanding of religious change by strengthening the links between social theory and the social scientific study of religion. James Beckford reviews the current state of social scientific knowledge about religion. He clarifies the social processes involved in constructing religious and non-religious environments in public and…  See more details below

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This book looks at ways of improving our understanding of religious change by strengthening the links between social theory and the social scientific study of religion. James Beckford reviews the current state of social scientific knowledge about religion. He clarifies the social processes involved in constructing religious and non-religious environments in public and private life. Beckford reveals the importance of these boundaries by referring to studies of secularization, religious diversity, globalization, religious movements and self-identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521773362
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Religion: a social constructionist approach11
2Secularisation30
3The vagaries of religious pluralism73
4Globalisation and religion103
5Social theory and religious movements150
6Constructing religion, self and society193
Notes216
References221
Index247

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