Sociology of Religion

Author: Kevin J. Christiano
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442216938
Release Date: 2015-10-15
Genre: Social Science

This third edition of Sociology of Religion introduces students to key principles in the sociological understanding of religion, with revisions and updates throughout. The book offers an overview of the nature and function of religious institutions and practices, asking sociological questions about the changing role of religion in today’s “post-traditional” world. After an introduction to the many facets of religion and key theories for its study, the book examines central themes such as changes in religious life in the United States; the intersections between religion, social class, and power and between gender, sexuality, and religion; globalization and religion; religion in mass media; and more. The third edition features new material on the relationship of race and ethnicity to religion, the perceived rises of both secularism and fundamentalism, and the role of religion in public debates on sexuality. Sociology of Religion addresses both the foundations of the field and the profound changes it has undergone, placing new examples against their historical background. Charts, photos, down-to-earth examples, and a readable style make the book an ideal introduction for students.

Sociology of Religion Contemporary Developments

Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 9781467274661
Release Date: 2016-10-16
Genre: Education

Facts101 is your complete guide to Sociology of Religion, Contemporary Developments. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

The Sociology of Religion

Author: George Lundskow
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781506319605
Release Date: 2008-06-10
Genre: Social Science

Most Sociology of Religion texts are decidedly staid and uninteresting, covering "contemporary" developments which are only contemporary only from a disciplinary perspective. They are not contemporary if viewed from the perspective of the religion's practioners (in religious and non-religious settings). The textbooks that attempt to be interesting to undergraduate students often fall short because they either try to cover too much in an encyclopedic format, or sacrifice a sociological perspective for a personal one. Many use real-life examples only superficially to illustrate concepts. Lundskow's approach is the opposite—students will learn the facts of religion in its great diversity, all the most interesting and compelling beliefs and practices, and then learn relevant concepts that can be used to explain empirical observations. The book thus follows the logic of actual research—investigate and then analyze—rather than approaching concepts with no real bearing on how religion is experienced in society. This approach, using provocative examples and with an eye toward the historical and theoretical, not to mention global experience of religion, will make this book a success in the classroom. The author envisions a substantive approach that examines religion as it actually exists in all its forms, including belief, ritual, daily living, identity, institutions, social movements, social control, and social change. Within these broad categories, the book will devote particular chapters to important historical moments and movements, leaders, and various individual religions that have shaped the contemporary form and effect of religion in the world today.

Religi ser Pluralismus im Fokus quantitativer Religionsforschung

Author: Detlef Pollack
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531186979
Release Date: 2012-03-20
Genre: Social Science

Die religiöse Vielfalt hat in Europa in den letzten Jahren stark zugenommen. Dazu haben nicht nur Prozesse der Pluralisierung innerhalb des Christentums sowie das zunehmende Interesse an Formen alternativer New-Age Spiritualität beigetragen. Bunter geworden ist das religiöse Spektrum vor allem durch die Zuwanderung von Menschen mit nichtchristlicher Identität aus allen Teilen der Welt. Die leitenden Fragen dieses Bandes lauten: – Was ist religiöser Pluralismus und wie lässt er sich sozialwissenschaftlich erfassen? – Unter welchen sozialen und politisch-rechtlichen Bedingungen ist die Emergenz religiösen Pluralismus wahrscheinlich? – Worin bestehen die sozialen Folgen religiösen Pluralismus in der Zivilgesellschaft und auf dem religiösen Feld? – Wie wird gesellschaftlich mit Phänomenen religiöser Pluralität umgegangen? Zur Beantwortung dieser Fragen bedienen sich die Beiträge des Bandes der Methoden der quantitativen Sozialforschung.

The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion

Author: Bryan S. Turner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444320793
Release Date: 2010-03-02
Genre: Social Science

Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, the NewCompanion provides a comprehensive introduction to thesociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative andhistorical approaches. Covers major debates in secularization theory, rational choicetheory, feminism and the body Takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering history,sociology, anthropology, and religious studies International in its scope, covering American exceptionalism,Native American spirituality, and China, Europe, and SoutheastAsia Offers discussions on the latest developments, including"megachurches", spirituality, post-secular society andglobalization

The Sociology of Religion

Author: Grace Davie
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446238851
Release Date: 2007-04-18
Genre: Social Science

'Grace Davie is one of the best analysts of religion in contemporary sociology. This book caps a distinguished record of studies of religion - first of Britain, then of Europe, then globally. This is a magisterial work, which should be read by anyone interested in the place of religion in the modern world' - Peter L. Berger, Boston University 'This book offers both an expert survey of contemporary sociology of religion and the personal reflections of one of the leading scholars in the field. Grace Davie is a good model for students and their teachers: she is clear, engaging and fair minded but unafraid to express a point of view' -David Voas, University of Manchester 'Grace Davie has written a book about what is currently happening in the sociology of religion which is clear, accessible, devoid of jargon and authoritative. Though addressed to the educated reader, it also provides an ideal text for students... If you want expert guidance about what is going on in the sociology of religion, and to have useful indications about what is going on in religion on the global scene, this book does the job extremely well' - Theology Why is religion still important? Can we be fully modern and fully religious? The Sociology of Religion works at two levels. First it sets out the agenda - covering the key questions in the sociology of religion today. At the same time, it interrogates this agenda - asking if the sociology of religion, as we currently know it, is 'fit for purpose'. If not, what is to be done? This book: • describes the origins of the sociology of religion • demystifies secularization as a process and a theory • relates religion to modern social theory • unpacks the meaning of religion in relation to modernity and globalization • grasps the methodological challenges in the field • provides a comparative perspective for religions in the west • introduces questions of minorities and margins • sets out a critical agenda for debate and research. In a single volume, Grace Davie captures the nature and forms of modern religion, the current debates in the field and the prospects for future development.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society

Author: William H. Swatos
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0761989560
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Religion

As the new millennium approaches, the sacred and profane interface, conflict, and intermingle in novel ways. The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society provides a guide map for these developments. From succinct, brief notes to essay-length entries, it covers world religions, religious perspectives on political and social issues, and religious leaders and scholars -- present and past -- in the United States and the world. This comprehensive volume is an essential reference for studies in the anthropology, psychology, politics, and sociology of religion. Topics include: abortion, adolescence, African-American religious experience, anthropology of religion, Buddhism, commitment, conversion, definition of religion, ecology movement, Emile Durkheim, ethnicity, fundamentalism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, new religious movements, organization, parish, Talcott Parsons, racism, research methods, Roman Catholicism, sexism, Unification Church, Max Weber, and many others.

Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research

Author: Vern L. Bengtson
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781452279107
Release Date: 2004-11-09
Genre: Family & Relationships

Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research. The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in "doing" theory rather than simply reading about it. An accompanying Web site, http://www.ncfr.org/sourcebook, offers additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science.

Faith No More

Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199912353
Release Date: 2011-11-01
Genre: Religion

During his 2009 inaugural speech, President Obama described the United States as a nation of "Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and nonbelievers." It was the first time an American president had acknowledged the existence of this rapidly growing segment of the population in such a public forum. And yet the reasons why more and more people are turning away from religion are still poorly understood. In Faith No More, Phil Zuckerman draws on in-depth interviews with people who have left religion to find out what's really behind the process of losing one's faith. According to a 2008 study, so many Americans claim no religion (15%, up from 8% in 1990) that this category now outranks every other religious group except Catholics and Baptists. Exploring the deeper stories within such survey data, Zuckerman shows that leaving one's faith is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process. And he finds that, rather than the clich? of the angry, nihilistic atheist, apostates are life-affirming, courageous, highly intelligent and inquisitive, and deeply moral. Zuckerman predicts that this trend toward nonbelief will likely continue and argues that the sooner we recognize that religion is frequently and freely rejected by all sorts of men and women, the sooner our understanding of the human condition will improve. The first book of its kind, Faith No More will appeal to anyone interested in the "New Atheism" and indeed to anyone wishing to more fully understand our changing relationship to religious faith.

Gender and Religion

Author: William H. Swatos
Publisher: HOEPLI EDITORE
ISBN: 1560006994
Release Date: 1994-01
Genre: Social Science

Few areas in American life have experienced as profound a change in structure and mission as religion in this epoch of women's struggle for complete equality and integration. Until recently, few studies have attempted the sort of empirical and theoretical integration that reveals the magnitude of this shift in basic roles, attitudes, and participation in church life and theology. William H. Swatos, Jr. has assembled a well-designed and carefully defined volume to give the reader a solid, empirical look at this revolution in religious practice and belief. The volume also provides insight into the sharp differences in opinions among women involved in religion; the degree to which women change the structure of liturgy or simply partake of traditions from which they were formerly excluded; the extent to which women increase church involvement in social issues, or retain a classical orientation to preaching; the extent to which gender has an impact on everything from interpersonal relations of clergy with laity to preaching orientations. There are two distinct elements in Gender and Religion: The first section covers women in religious roles, such as pastors, rabbis, priests, and black female leadership activities. The unifying theme is experiencing and overcoming gender bias in the religious sphere. The second deals with female experiences in childbirth rituals, attitudes toward pluralism, modernity, roles as social change agents, and the influence of religion on the women's movement.

Sociology of Religion

Author: William A. Mirola
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317343998
Release Date: 2015-09-16
Genre: Social Science

A reader that seeks to explore the relationship between the structure and culture of religion and various elements of social life in the U.S., Sociology of Religion: A Reader, 2e is ideal as either a standalone reader or supplement to the text written by the same author team, Why Religion Matters. Based on both classic and contemporary research in the sociology of religion, this reader highlights a variety of research methods and theoretical approaches. It explores the ways in which religious values, beliefs and practices shape the world outside of church, synagogue, or mosque walls while simultaneously being shaped by the non-religious forces operating in that world.

The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion

Author: Richard K. Fenn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470998564
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: Social Science

The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion is presented in three comprehensive parts. Written by a range of outstanding academics, the volume explores the current status of the sociology of religion, and how it might look in future. Explores the current status of the sociology of religion, and how it might look at the beginning of the next millennium. Traces the boundaries between sociology and other closely related disciplines, such as theology and social anthropology. Edited by one of the best known and most widely respected sociologists of religion Accessibly presented in three comprehensive parts.

Religion in the Contemporary World

Author: Alan Aldridge
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 9780745634050
Release Date: 2007-10-09
Genre: Social Science

In the new edition of this widely read text, Alan Aldridge examines the complex realities of religious belief, practice and institutions, ranging from the high growth rates of successful minority religious movements such as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, to the phenomenal rise of Pentecostalism, the challenge of 'fundamentalism' and the apparent turn from religion to spirituality. Religion is a powerful and controversial force in the contemporary world, even in supposedly secular societies. Almost all societies seek to cultivate religions and faith communities as sources of social stability and engines of social progress. They also try to regulate real and imagined abuses and excess: cults that brainwash vulnerable people, fundamentalism that threatens democracy and the progress of science, and terrorists who carry out atrocities in the name of religion. The second edition has been carefully revised to make sure it is fully up-to-date with recent developments and debates. Major themes in the revised edition include religious diversity and its implications for social cohesion, and the paradoxical fate of religion in societies that appear to be obsessed with individualism and consumerism. This book will appeal strongly to a range of readers, especially students taking courses in the sociology of religion and anyone who is interested in the place of religion in the contemporary world.