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The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion. Edition No. 1. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology

  • ID: 2245950
  • Book
  • April 2010
  • 712 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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
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Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction: Mapping the Sociology of Religion 1
Bryan S. Turner

PART I THE FOUNDATIONS 31

1 The Sociology of Religion: The Foundations 33
Andrew McKinnon

2 Durkheim and After: Religion, Culture, and Politics 52
William Ramp

3 The Functional Theory of Religion 76
Victor Lidz

4 Recent Developments in the Anthropology of Religion 103
Simon Coleman

PART II FROM SECULARIZATION TO RESACRALIZATION 123

5 Secularization 125
Steve Bruce

6 American Exceptionalism? 141
John Torpey

7 Resacralization 160
Grace Davie

PART III NEW DEVELOPMENTS 179

8 Rational Choice and the Sociology of Religion 181
David Lehmann

9 The Religious Habitus: Embodiment, Religion, and Sociological Theory 201
Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling

10 Women, Religions, and Feminisms 221
Fang-Long Shih

PART IV INSTITUTIONALIZATION: OLD AND NEW FORMS 245

11 New Research on Megachurches: Non-denominationalism and Sectarianism 247
Stephen Ellingson

12 The Sociology of Spirituality: Refl ections on a Problematic Endeavor 267
Matthew Wood

13 Arguing against Darwinism: Religion, Science, and Public Morality 286
Michael 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 311
Joseph M. Bryant

15 Judaism: Covenant, Pluralism, and Piety 340
Alan Mittleman

16 Sociology and Anthropology of Islam: A Critical Debate 364
Gabriele Marranci

17 Approaches to the Study of Buddhism 388
Catherine Newell

18 Sociology of Hinduism 407
Pratap Kumar Penumala

19 Religious Awakening in China under Communist Rule: A Political Economy Approach 431
Fenggang Yang

20 Native American Religious Traditions: A Sociological Approach 456
Dennis F. Kelley

PART VI GLOBALIZATION 475

21 Globalization and the Sociology of Religion 477
Lionel Obadia

22 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in a Global Perspective 498
Afe Adogame

23 Fundamentalism 519
Richard T. Antoun

24 Religion, Media, and Globalization 544
Jeremy Stolow

25 Toward a Sociology of Religious Commodifi cation 563
Pattana Kitiarsa

26 Women and Piety Movements 584
Rachel Rinaldo

27 Religion and Nationalism: A Critical Re-examination 606
Geneviève Zubrzycki

PART VII THE FUTURE OF RELIGION 627

28 The Future of Religion 629
Andrew Wernick

29 Religion in a Post-secular Society 649
Bryan S. Turner

Index 668

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Bryan S. Turner University of Western Sydney, Australia.
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