In the 1960s many sociologists proclaimed traditional religion to be in its death throes. But, just as secularization gained nearly universal acceptance among scholars, religious resurgence burst forth from many directions - new religious movements and the growth of Islamic fundamentalism for example. In A Future for Religion?, contributors ask whether, if such dynamic forces are at work, is religion really dying? They discuss issues usually excluded from books on the sociology of religion - including religious experience, emotional renewal, religion and the body.
Table of Contents
Introduction - William H Swatos, JrNew Social Movement Theory and the Sociology of Religion - John A Hannigan Synergies and SynthesesGlobal Fundamentalism - Frank LechnerReligion, Class Conflict and Social Justice - Eugen SchoenfeldReligion in Capitalist East Asia - Joseph B TamneyLiberation Theology in Latin America and Beyond - W E HewittReligion and the New Immigrants - Peter KivistoFor a Sociology of Religious Experience - James V SpickardPresent-Day Emotional Renewals - Danièle Hervieu-Léger The End of Secularization or the End of Religion?Religion and the Body - John H Simpson Sociological Themes and ProspectsInequality and Difference - Mary Jo Neitz Feminist Research in the Sociology of ReligionBack to the Future - William H Swatos, Jr Applying Sociology of Religion