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The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology

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  • 712 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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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

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