It Can be said that history is poor sociology that does not account sufficiently for present social circumstances, while sociology is bad history in that it does not go back in time This Volume in the Religion and social series sets out to address these conjoint problems of history and sociology within the disciplinary boundaries of the sociology of religion. History has such a fickle nature that has seen religion hold varied and different places within the timeline of sociological thought. Religion had a high level of importance among the early founder of sociology. A perceived decline of significance for religion by sociology in the latter half of the twenty century mirrored the changing social location of religion. The increase in world fundaments religion movements, private spiritualities and other indicators and brought a renaissance to this longstanding subdiscipline and shown that religion is far from extinction.
About the Author
Barbara Jones Denison, Ph.D. (1985) in Sociology Northwestern University, is department chair and directs the graduate leadership program at Shippensburg University.Co-authored Social Problems in Global Perspectives and was assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Society. She is past executive officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and past president of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society.
Contributors include: Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Peter Beyer, Kevin J. Christiano, Jonathan Eastwood, Elijah Obinna, Pen-Hsuan Lin, Rick Moore, Robert Prus, John H. Simpson, and William H. Swatos, Jr.
Table of Contents
Preface: Traveling Through Time William H. Swatos, jr. vii
Introduction: History, Time, Meaning, and Memory in the Sociology of Religion Barbara Jones DENison 1
1 Clio Goes to ChurchAgain: Places for History in the Sociology of Religion Kevin J. Christiano 9
2 The History of Meaning William H. Swatos, jr. 47
3 Historical Observation in the Sociology of Religion: A View from Within the Communicative Networks of Two Scientific Disciplines Peter Beyer 65
4 Past in the Present: Indigenous Leadership and Party Politics Among the Amasiri of Southeastern Nigeria Elijah Obinna 81
5 The Development and Major Problems of Religious Legislation in Taiwan Pen-Hsuan Lin 111
6 Developing a Historical Sociology of Nationalism and State Secularization in Latin America Jonathan Eastwood 145
7 Religion and Deviance: Theocrats vs. Democrats Nachman Ben-Yehuda 179
8 On the Processes and Problematics of Representing Divinity: Dio Chrysostom (ca. 40-120) and the Pragmatist Motif. Robert Prus 205
9 The Genres of Religious Freedom: Creating Discourses on Religion at the State Department Rick Moore 223
Afterword: What is History? John H. Simpson 255