The Anthem Companion to Robert Bellah

The Anthem Companion to Robert Bellah

by Matteo Bortolini (Editor)


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'The Anthem Companion to Robert Bellah' is the first major collection of writings on the life and work of one of the foremost twentieth-century sociologists of religion. Bellah's work was central in many fields: the sociology of Japanese religion, the relationships between sociology and the humanities, the relationship between American religion and politics, the cultures of modern individualism, and evolution and society. During an intellectual career which spanned six decades, Bellah occupied a central position within at least three major intellectual movements: structural-functionalism and modernization theory in the 1950s and the 1960s; interpretive social science, which he helped create in the early 1970s along with Clifford Geertz and Peter Berger; and the so-called Axial age revival of the late 1990s and early 2000s. More often than not, Bellah's work was on the edge of social scientific research; his seminal work on civil religion in the early 1970s created a huge debate across disciplines which continues to this day; his co-authored book 'Habits of the Heart' (1985) was a bestseller and the object of sustained debate in the general public sphere; his last magnum opus 'Religion in Human Evolution', published at 84, was a monument to an extraordinary scholarly and intellectual career. [NP] The richness of Bellah's work is the object of this collection of essays by top American and European scholars from the social sciences and humanities. Each essay has a double character: it introduces a single topic in an accessible and complete manner, and then presents a reflection on the viability and import of Bellah's ideas for interpreting contemporary phenomena. Among the authors are some of Bellah's students who became top scholars in their fields, as well as younger scholars. From a disciplinary point of view, the list includes sociologists (Gorski, Torpey, Boy, Guhin, Libeck), historians (Borovoy, Barshay) and philosophers (Tipton, Lequire) to reflect the diversity of Bellah's work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783089628
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication date: 06/28/2019
Series: Anthem Companions to Sociology
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Matteo Bortolini is associate professor of sociology at the University of Padova, Italy. His main areas of research are the sociology of knowledge and sociological theory, with particular focus on intellectuals, history of disciplines, social practices and reputational processes. Bortolini’s latest publication is the coauthored book, 'Italian Sociology 1945–2010' (2017).

Table of Contents

Introduction, Matteo Bortolini;

Part 1 Major Themes;

1. Bellah’s Reflections on Liberal Modernity through Japan’s Reflections, Amy Borovoy;

2. Civil Religion and Public Theology, Steven M. Tipton;

3. ‘Habits of the Heart’ Revisited: American Individualism before and after the Communitarian Moment, Eric Royal Libeck;

Part 2 Yesterday and Today;

4. Bellah and American Civil Religion, Phil Gorski;

5. Bellah and the Catholic Imagination, Jeff Guhin;

6. Deciphering the Axial Heritage, John D. Boy and John Torpey;

Part 3 Unexpected Masters;

7. Bellah and Maruyama, Andrew Barshay;

8. Friends in History: A Comparison of Robert Bellah and Eric Voegelin, Peter Brickley Lequire;

9. A Fortuitous Intersection of Life-Paths. On Robert N. Bellah and Norman O. Brown, Matteo Bortolini;


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