The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion, 1st Edition

  • Bryan Turner Cambridge University
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  • ISBN-10: 1444320793
  • ISBN-13: 9781444320794
  • DDC: 306.6
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 712 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, this New Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches. Covering all the areas relevant to undergraduate courses in this area, the Companion begins by laying down the anthropological and sociological foundations of the study of religion and their contemporary developments. It continues with an analysis of both traditional and contemporary forms of organization, such as church-sect typologies as well as megachurches and modern forms of spirituality. The secularization and post-secular society debates are considered in-depth along with the globalization process, fundamentalism, charismatic movements, and revivalism. It also discusses the sociology of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and religions of China, as well as the areas of American exceptionalism from de Tocqueville onwards, religious nationalism, and the spirituality of Native American communities. Considering new developments in social theory and religion, the collection concludes with a consideration of recent work that attempts to understand the future development of religion, blending the sociology of modern societies, anthropological ethnography, and philosophical inquiry.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Blackwell Companions to Sociology.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
1: Introduction: Mapping the Sociology of Religion.
2: The Foundations.
3: The Sociology of Religion: The Foundations.
4: Durkheim and After: Religion, Culture, and Politics.
5: The Functional Theory of Religion.
6: Recent Developments in the Anthropology of Religion.
7: From Secularization to Resacralization.
8: Secularization.
9: American Exceptionalism?.
10: Resacralization.
11: New Developments.
12: Rational Choice and the Sociology of Religion.
13: The Religious Habitus Embodiment, Religion, and Sociological Theory.
14: Women, Religions, and Feminisms.
15: Institutionalization: Old and New Forms.
16: New Research on Megachurches: Non-Denominationalism and Sectarianism.
17: The Sociology of Spirituality: Reflections on a Problematic Endeavor.
18: Arguing against Darwinism: Religion, Science, and Public Morality.
19: Sociology of Comparative Religions.
20: The Sociology of Early Christianity: From History to Theory, and Back Again.
21: Judaism: Covenant, Pluralism, and Piety.
22: Sociology and Anthropology of Islam: A Critical Debate.
23: Approaches to the Study of Buddhism.
24: Sociology of Hinduism.
25: Religious Awakening in China under Communist Rule: A Political Economy Approach.
26: Native American Religious Traditions: A Sociological Approach.
27: Globalization.
28: Globalization and the Sociology of Religion.
29: Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in a Global Perspective.
30: Fundamentalism.
31: Religion, Media, and Globalization.
32: Toward a Sociology of Religious Commodification.
33: Women and Piety Movements.
34: Religion and Nationalism: A Critical Re-Examination.
35: The Future of Religion.
36: The Future of Religion.
37: Religion in a Post-Secular Society.