Religion in Sociological Perspective

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SAGE Publications, Jun 9, 2011 - Social Science - 451 pages
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Religion in Sociological Perspective is an introduction to the sociology of religion core text, designed to present and illustrate the basic theories sociologists use to understand the social dimensions of religion. First and foremost, the authors seek to help students understand the perspective from which sociologists view religion. By the time students have finished this book, they should understand the central theories and methods of research in the sociology of religion, and they should have an idea of how to apply these analytical tools to new groups they encounter. The goal of this text is to be illustrative rather than all-encompassing.

The Fifth Edition continues to draw on a wide range of perspectives. The text aims to help students recognize the contributions of various theoretical perspectives and the blind spots of each theory. Conflict, functional, social constructionist, and rational choice paradigms are used throughout the text. Various middle-range theories are also utilized to explore specific processes. Despite the effort to introduce many perspectives, however, we have made an effort to enhance integration of the text by using one framework throughout the book: the open systems model.

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Keith Roberts, Professor of Sociology at Hanover College, has not only won teaching awards, but has been honored by several sociological associations for "Distinguished Contributions to Teaching"—including the ASA’s 2010 Award He has published on teaching and conducted workshops around the country. He is a member of the Departmental Resources Group of the ASA, which among other activities involves consulting work with departments of sociology on curriculum and on teaching issues. He is the co-author of Religion in Sociological Perspective, Fifth Edition (SAGE, ©2012), Our Social World (SAGE, ©2011) and Our Social World Condensed (SAGE, ©2010), and a monograph on Writing in the Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum. He is active in the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning, and for the past 21 years has organized and lead workshops for high school sociology teachers. Keith has taught a rather wide range of sociology courses at a two-year campus, at a Research 1 University, and more recently at a very competitive small liberal arts college.

David Yamane is associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University where he has taught since January 2005. His teaching and research focus on post-WWII American religion, particularly Roman Catholicism. His most recent books on the subject are Real Stories of Christian Initiation and The Catholic Church in State Politics. From 2006-2010 David edited the journal Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review which is published by the Association for the Sociology of Religion. He has taught at a liberal arts college, two Research 1 universities, and now at one of the premier collegiate universities (with small classes at the undergraduate level), and has won teaching awards at the University of Wisconsin and Wake Forest University.

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