The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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James A Beckford, Jay Demerath
SAGE, 29‏/10‏/2007 - 768 من الصفحات
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"In their introduction to this Handbook, the editors affirm: ′Many sociologists have come to realise that it makes no sense now to omit religion from the repertoire of social scientific explanations of social life′. I wholeheartedly agree. I also suggest that this wide-ranging set of essays should become a starting-point for such enquiries. Each chapter is clear, comprehensive and well-structured - making the Handbook a real asset for all those engaged in the field."
- Grace Davie, University of Exeter

"Serious social scientists who care about making sense of the world can no longer ignore the fact that religious beliefs and practices are an important part of this world... This Handbook is a valuable resource for specialists and amateurs alike. The editors have done an exceptionally fine job of incorporating topics that illuminate the range and diversity of religion and its continuing significance throughout the world."
- Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

At a time when religions are increasingly affecting, and affected by, life beyond the narrowly sacred sphere, religion everywhere seems to be caught up in change and conflict. In the midst of this contention and confusion, the sociology of religion provides a rich source of understanding and explanation. This Handbook presents an unprecedentedly comprehensive assessment of the field, both where it has been and where it is headed. Like its many distinguished contributors, its topics and their coverage are truly global in their reach.

The Handbook′s 35 chapters are organized into eight sections: basic theories and debates; methods of studying religion; social forms and experiences of religion; issues of power and control in religious organizations; religion and politics; individual religious behaviour in social context; religion, self-identity and the life-course; and case studies of China, Eastern Europe, Israel, Japan, and Mexico.

Each chapter establishes benchmarks for the state of sociological thinking about religion in the 21st century and provides a rich bibliography for pursuing its subject further. Overall, the Handbook stretches the field conceptually, methodologically, comparatively, and historically. An indispensable source of guidance and insight for both students and scholars.

Choice ′Outstanding Academic Title′ 2009


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PART I Theories and Concepts
1 The Classical Tradition in Sociology of Religion
From Pre to Post to Ultra
3 Secularization and Sacralization Deconstructed and Reconstructed
4 Rational Choice and Religious Economies
5 Globalization and Glocalization
PART II Methods of Studying Religion
18 Religion and the State Violence and Human Rights
19 Religion and Regulation
20 Religion in Rebellion Resistance and Social Movements
21 Religious Affiliations Political Preferences and Ideological Alignments
PART VI Individual Religious Behaviour in Social Context
22 CrossNational Comparisons of Individual Religiosity
23 Rethinking the Relationship Between Ethnicity and Religion
How Faith Shapes Parents Children and Adolescents

Phenomenologies Interviews Narratives and Ethnographies
8 History Methodologies and the Study of Religion
PART III Social Forms and Experiences of Religion
9 Congregations Resurgent
The Politics of Global Popular Protestantism
Coherence Definition and Conceptual Framing in the Study of New Religious Movements
12 New Age Religion and Irreligion
13 Civil Religion in America and in Global Context
PART IV Issues of Power and Control in Religious Organisations
Religious Professionals and their Careers
15 Orders and Schisms on the Sacred Periphery
16 FaithBased Initiatives
17 Religion on the Internet
PART V Religion and Politics
25 Age Generation and Cohort in American Religion and Spirituality
PART VII Religion SelfIdentity and the LifeCourse
26 Religion and Identity
27 Gender Differences in Religious Practice and Significance
Religion Culture and the Charismatic Body
29 Religion as a Factor in Life and Death through the LifeCourse
PART VIII Case Studies from Around the World
Official Religions in China
31 The Religious Landscape of Central and Eastern Europe after Communism
Public Religion NeoTraditionalism Messianism and EthnoReligious Conflict
33 State Shinto and Religion in PostWar Japan
A Mirror for the Sociology of Religion
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الصفحة 58 - Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.
الصفحة 59 - No one knows who will live in this cage in the future, or whether at the end of this tremendous development entirely new prophets will arise, or there will be a great rebirth of old ideas and ideals, or, if neither, mechanized petrification, embellished with a sort of convulsive self-importance. For of the last stage of this cultural development, it might well be truly said: 'Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization...
الصفحة 43 - All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away; all newformed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.
الصفحة 43 - In the field of its highest development, in the United States, the pursuit of wealth, stripped of its religious and ethical meaning, tends to become associated with purely mundane passions, which often actually give it the character of sport.

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