The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology 1. Aufl.
Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, the New Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches. Covers major debates in secularization theory, rational choice theory, 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 Southeast Asia Offers discussions on the latest developments, including "megachurches", spirituality, post-secular society and globalization
Notes on Contributors viii Introduction: Mapping the Sociology of Religion 1Bryan S. Turner PART I THE FOUNDATIONS 31 1 The Sociology of Religion: The Foundations 33Andrew McKinnon 2 Durkheim and After: Religion, Culture, and Politics 52William Ramp 3 The Functional Theory of Religion 76Victor Lidz 4 Recent Developments in the Anthropology of Religion 103Simon Coleman PART II FROM SECULARIZATION TO RESACRALIZATION 123 5 Secularization 125Steve Bruce 6 American Exceptionalism? 141John Torpey 7 Resacralization 160Grace Davie PART III NEW DEVELOPMENTS 179 8 Rational Choice and the Sociology of Religion 181David Lehmann 9 The Religious Habitus: Embodiment, Religion, and Sociological Theory 201Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling 10 Women, Religions, and Feminisms 221Fang-Long Shih PART IV INSTITUTIONALIZATION: OLD AND NEW FORMS 245 11 New Research on Megachurches: Non-denominationalism and Sectarianism 247Stephen Ellingson 12 The Sociology of Spirituality: Refl ections on a Problematic Endeavor 267Matthew Wood 13 Arguing against Darwinism: Religion, Science, and Public Morality 286Michael S. Evans and John H. Evans PART V SOCIOLOGY OF COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS 309 14 The Sociology of Early Christianity: From History to Theory, and Back Again 311Joseph M. Bryant 15 Judaism: Covenant, Pluralism, and Piety 340Alan Mittleman 16 Sociology and Anthropology of Islam: A Critical Debate 364Gabriele Marranci 17 Approaches to the Study of Buddhism 388Catherine Newell 18 Sociology of Hinduism 407Pratap Kumar Penumala 19 Religious Awakening in China under Communist Rule: A Political Economy Approach 431Fenggang Yang 20 Native American Religious Traditions: A Sociological Approach 456Dennis F. Kelley PART VI GLOBALIZATION 475 21 Globalization and the Sociology of Religion 477Lionel Obadia 22 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in a Global Perspective 498Afe Adogame 23 Fundamentalism 519Richard T. Antoun 24 Religion, Media, and Globalization 544Jeremy Stolow 25 Toward a Sociology of Religious Commodifi cation 563Pattana Kitiarsa 26 Women and Piety Movements 584Rachel Rinaldo 27 Religion and Nationalism: A Critical Re-examination 606Geneviève Zubrzycki PART VII THE FUTURE OF RELIGION 627 28 The Future of Religion 629Andrew Wernick 29 Religion in a Post-secular Society 649Bryan S. Turner Index 668
"All of this being said I enjoyed reading this book for its in-depth examination of the complexities of the social forces that are shaping and are being shaped by religious groups around the world. I certainly see this being of theoretical value for researchers engaging the new religious realities of our world." (Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, 6 August 2011) "That said, the new companion is a timely and valuable work, validly updating the original companion and a good addition to the reference shelves of any academic or specialist library". (Reference Reviews, 1 December 2010)
Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate School and Director of the Committee on Religion and Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and subsequently Professor of Sociology in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Professor Turner was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Bielefeld University, Germany, a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. He recently published The Body and Society, third edition (2008), and edited The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (2009).
Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, this 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, women and piety movements, and the spirituality of Native American communities. Considering new developments in social theory and religion, the collection concludes with a discussion of recent work that attempts to understand the future of religion, blending the sociology of modern societies, anthropological ethnography, and philosophical inquiry.
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