OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

ISBN : 9780199588961

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Author: 
Peter Clarke
Pages
1064 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
172 x 243 mm
Pub date
Feb 2011
Series
Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology
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The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars providing both an entry point into the sociological study and understanding of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. The role and impact of religion and spirituality on the politics, culture, education and health in the modern world is rigorously discussed and debated. The study of the sociology of religion forges interdisciplinary links to explore aspects of continuity and change in the contemporary interface between society and religion. Using a combination of theoretical, methodological and content-led approaches, the fifty-seven contributors collectively emphasise the complex relationships between religion and aspects of life from scientific research to law, ecology to art, music to cognitive science, crime to institutional health care and more. The developing character of religion, irreligion and atheism and the impact of religious diversity on social cohesion are explored. An overview of current scholarship in the field is provided in each themed chapter with an emphasis on encouraging new thinking and reflection on familiar and emergent themes to stimulate further debate and scholarship. The resulting essay collection provides an invaluable resource for research and teaching in this diverse discipline.

Index: 

1. Introduction:Towards a Global Framework and Organic Understanding of Religion
I: THEORY: CLASSICAL, MODERN AND POSTMODERN
2. Reappraising Durkheim for the Study and Teaching of Religion
3. The Uses of Max Weber: Legitimation and Amnesia in Buddhology, South Asian History, and Anthropological Practice Theory
4. Max Weber: Religion and Modernization
5. Max Weber on Islam and Confucianism: the Kantian Theory of Secularization
6. Religion in the Works of Habermas, Bourdieu and Foucault
7. Rational Choice Theory: A Critique
8. Religion and Gender
9. Religion and Modernity Worldwide
10. Postmodernism and Religion
11. Religion and Power
12. Culture and Religion
I: METHOD
13. Methodology in the Sociology of Religion
14. Conceptual Models in the Study of Religion
15. Defining Religion: A Social Science Approach
16. Explaining Religion through Cognitive Science
III: RELIGION AND RELATED SPHERES: MORALITY, SCIENCE, IRRELIGION, ART AND SEXUALITY
17. Science and Religion
18. Atheism
19. Religion and Morality
20. The Contemporary Convergence of Art and Religion
21. The Social Roots and Meaning of Trance and Possession
IV: RELIGION AND THE STATE, THE NATION, THE LAW
22. Religion and the State
23. Religion and Nationalism
24. Religion and the Law: An Interactionist View
25. The Socio-cultural and Socio-religious Origins of Human Rights
V: GLOBALISATION AND ITS RELIGIOUS EFFECTS
26. Globalization, Theocratization and Politicized Civil Rights
27. Migration and the Globalization of Religion
28. Religious Fundamentalism
29. Religious Diversity
VI: STANDARD OR MAINSTREAM RELIGION
30. The Meaning and Scope of Secularization
31. The Sociology of the Clergy
32. Congregations: Local, Social and Religious
33. Church-Sect-Cult:Constructing Typologies of Religious Groups
34. Sects in Islam
VII: THE REPRODUCTION AND TRANSMISSION OF RELIGION
35. The Reproduction and Transmission of Religion
36. Generations and Religion
37. Religion and Family
38. Religion and Ritual
39. Religion in the Media
40. Religion and the Internet
VIII: NEW RELIGION, NEW SPIRITUALITY AND IMPLICIT RELIGION
41. New Religious Movements
42. Unchurched Spirituality
43. Spiritualities of Life
44. The Sociology of Esotericism
45. Implicit Religion
XI: ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES
46. Religion and Ecology
47. Religion, Spirituality and Health: An Institutional Approach
48. Religion and Social Problems: A New Theoretical Perspective
49. Religion and Social Problems: Individual and Institutional Responses
50. The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to Crime and Delinquency
51. Religion and Altruism
52. Religious Violence
53. Girard, Religion, Violence, and Modern Martydom
X: TEACHING THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
54. The Teacher as Religious Ethnographer
55. Ethnography/ Religion: Explorations in Field and Classroom
Index

About the author: 

Peter Clarke, Professor Emeritus King's College, University of London. Professor, Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford

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