Secularization andIts Discontentsprovides an illuminating overview of major current debates in the sociology of religion, exploring changing patterns of religious practice in the West during the past 150 years. Examining classical secularization theory as well as modified versions that allow for difference between national and social contexts,Rob Warner alsoexplores the proposed post-secularization paradigm, as well as its close offshoot, rational choice theory. Possibilities for a spiritual revolution and the feminisation of religion are scrutinised, and also theories of the durability of conservative religion.The author goes on to develop anew interpretation of resilient religion from an analysis of 21st century trends in religious participation. These are categorised as entrepreneurial and experiential-therapeutic, before the volume finally focuses upon individual identity construction through autonomous religious consumption.
Thisbook provides a clear and penetrating overview of theoretical frameworks and develops a new theoretical synthesis derived from fresh examination of empirical data, and will be of interest to academics and students in religious studies, practical theologyand the sociology of religion.
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About the Author
Dr Rob Warner is Professor of Religion, Culture and Society, and Dean of Humanities at the University of Chester, UK.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vi
1 Classical Secularization Theory 7
2 Modified Secularization Theory 41
3 American Rejections of Secularization Theory 68
4 Is There a Spiritual Revolution? 89
5 The Durability of Conservative Religion - American and European Perspectives 119
6 Resilient Religion - Emerging Transatlantic and Global Trends 153
Thematic and General References 188