Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 18, 2003 - Religion - 481 pages
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Religion is a critical construct for understanding contemporary social life. It illuminates the everyday experiences and practices of many individuals, is a significant component of diverse institutional processes including politics, gender relations, and socioeconomic inequality, and plays a vital role in public culture and social change. This handbook showcases current research and thinking in the sociology of religion. The contributors, all active writers and researchers int eh area, provide original chapters focusing on select aspects of their own engagement with the field. Aimed at students and scholars who want to know more about the sociology of religion, this handbook also provides a resource for sociologists in general by integrating broader questions of sociology (e.g. demography, ethnicity, life course, inequality, political sociology) into the analysis of religion. Broadly inclusive of traditional research topics (modernity, secularization, politics) as well as newer interests (feminism, spirituality, faith-based community action), this handbook illustrates the validity of diverse theoretical perspectives and research designs to understanding the multilayered nature of religion as a sociological phenomenon.
  

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Contents

The Sociology of Religion in Late Modernity
3
Studying Religion Making It Sociological
16
The Ritual Roots of Society and Culture
31
Social Forms of Religion and Religions in Contemporary Global Society
45
The Evolution of the Sociology of Religion Theme and Variations
61
Demographic Methods for the Sociology of Religion
79
Church Attendance in the United States
85
The Dynamics of Religious Economies
96
Religion and the New Immigrants
225
A Journey of the Straight Way or the Roundabout Path
240
Beyond the Synagogue Walls
261
DisLocation Engaging Feminist Inquiry in the Sociology of Religion
276
Religion and Political Behavior
297
Religious Social Movements in the Public Sphere Organization Ideology and Activism
315
Mapping the Moral Order Depicting the Terrain of Religious Conflict and Change
331
Civil Society and Civil Religion as Mutually Dependent
348

Historicizing the Secularization Debate An Agenda for Research
110
Escaping the Procrustean Bed A Critical Analysis of the Study of Religious Organizations 19302001
123
Religion and Spirituality Toward an Integrated Analysis
137
Religious Socialization Sources of Influence and Influences of Agency
151
In Rhetoric and Practice Defining The Good Family in Local Congregations
164
Religiousness and Spirituality Trajectories and Vital Involvement in Late Adulthood
179
Religion and Health Depressive Symptoms and Mortality as Case Studies
190
Religious Identities and Religious Institutions
207
Religion and Violence Social Processes in Comparative Perspective
359
Religion FaithBased Community Organizing and the Struggle for Justice
385
Latina Empowerment Border Realities and FaithBased Organizations
400
Worldly or Otherworldly? Activism in an Urban Religious District
412
References
423
Index
471
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Michele Dillon, Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, is author of "Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith and Power " and "Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland." She edited "Handbook of the Sociology of Religion."Paul Wink, Professor of Psychology at Wellesley College, has written extensively on adult development and is coeditor, with J. James, of "The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Post-Retirement Period.

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