ISBN-10:
1845539923
ISBN-13:
9781845539924
Pub. Date:
07/30/2012
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion / Edition 1

A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion / Edition 1

by Craig Martin

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A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion / Edition 1

A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion introduces the key concepts and theories from religious studies that are necessary for a full understanding of the complex relations between religion and society. The aim is to provide readers with an arsenal of critical concepts for studying religious ideologies, practices, and communities. This thoroughly revised second edition has been restructured to clearly emphasize key topics including:


  • Essentialism
  • Functionalism
  • Authority
  • Domination.

All ideas and theories are clearly illustrated, with new and engaging examples and case studies throughout, making this the ideal textbook for students approaching the subject area for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845539924
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/30/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 573,986
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Craig Martin is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the Second Edition

Acknowledgments to the First Edition

Preface

1 Religion and the Problem of Definition

2 Functionalism and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion

3 How Society Works: Classification

4 How Society Works: Essentialism

5 How Society Works: Structure

6 How Society Works: Habitus

7 How Religion Works: Legitimation

8 How Religion Works: Authority

9 How Religion Works: Authenticity

10 Case Study: What Would Jesus Do?

Afterword

References

Index

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