The Religious and the Political: A Comparative Sociology of Religion

The Religious and the Political: A Comparative Sociology of Religion

by Bryan S. Turner


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The Religious and the Political: A Comparative Sociology of Religion by Bryan S. Turner

While the relationships between ethics and religion, and violence and politics, are of enduring interest, the interface between religion and violence is one of the most problematic features of the contemporary world. Following in the tradition of Max Weber's historical and comparative study of religions, this book explores the many ways in which religion and politics are both combined and separated across different world religions and societies. Through a variety of case studies including the monarchy, marriage, law and conversion, Bryan S. Turner explores different manifestations of secularization, and how the separation of church and state is either compromised or abandoned. He considers how different states manage religion in culturally and religiously diverse societies and concludes with a discussion of the contemporary problems facing the liberal theory of freedom of religion. The underlying theoretical issue is the conditions for legitimacy of rule in modern societies experiencing global changes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521675314
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Committee on Religion at the Graduate Center, the City University of New York, and the Director of the Center for Religion and Society at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of Religion and Modern Society (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Religious and the Political: 1. Fear of diversity: the origin of politics; 2. Charisma and church-state relations; 3. City, nation and globe: the rise of the church and the citizen; Part II. State Management of Religion: 4. Religion and kingship: liturgies and royal rituals; 5. Religion and reproduction: marriage and family; 6. Conversion and the state; 7. Religion, state and legitimacy: three dimensions of authority; Part III. Comparative and Historical Studies: 8. Buddhism and the political: the sangha and the state; 9. Confucianism as state ideology: China; 10. Religion, state and Japanese exceptionalism: nihonjinron; 11. State and Turkish secularism: the case of Diyanet (with Berna Zengin Arslan); Part IV. Conclusion: 12. Popular religion and popular democracy; 13. The state and freedom of religion.

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