ISBN-10:
0803990375
ISBN-13:
9780803990371
Pub. Date:
03/06/1995
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Gods in the Global Village: The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective / Edition 1

Gods in the Global Village: The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective / Edition 1

by Lester R. (Ray) Kurtz

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ISBN-13: 9780803990371
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/06/1995
Series: Sociology for a New Century Series , #5
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lester R. Kurtz is Professor of Public Sociology at George Mason University, where he teaches the comparative sociology of religion, peace and conflict, social movements, globalization, and both Western and non-Western social theory. He has lectured regularly at the European Peace University and was previously Director of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Kurtz holds a Master’s in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He is editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, & Conflict (Elsevier), coeditor of the two-volume Women, War and Violence (Praeger), Nonviolent Conflict and Civil Resistance (Emerald), Nonviolent Social Movements: A Geographical Perspective (Blackwell), and The Web of Violence: From Interpersonal to Global (University of Illinois Press). He is also the author of numerous books and articles on religion and conflict peace, including The Nuclear Cage: A Sociology of the Arms Race (Prentice Hall) and The Politics of Heresy: The Modernist Crisis in Roman Catholicism (University of California Press), which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s Distinguished Book Award. He is currently working on books titled Gods and Bombs: Religion and the Rhetoric of Violence and another on Fighting Violence.

Prof. Kurtz is the past Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as well as the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award in 2005. He received the Lester F. Ward Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied and Clinical Sociology in 2014 and has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University in India, and Tunghai University in Taiwan.

Table of Contents

Religious Life in the Global Village
The World's Religions
A Sociological Tour
Beliefs, Rituals, and Institutions
The Religious Ethos
Modernism
Crisis and Response
Multiculturalism
Crisis and Response
Religion and Social Conflict

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