The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (Google eBook)

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Peter Clarke
Oxford Handbooks Online, 2009 - Philosophy - 1046 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

METHOD
227
RELIGION AND BOUNDARIES MORALITY SCIENCE IRRELIGION ART AND EMBODIMENT TRANCE
301
RELIGION AND THE STATE THE NATION THE LAW
389
GLOBALIZATION FUNDAMENTALISM MIGRATION AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY
449
RELIGIOUS COLLECTIVITIES AND THE STATUS AND ROLE OF THE RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS THE CLERGY
523
SECULARIZATION AND THE REPRODUCTION AND TRANSMISSION OF RELIGION
597
RELIGIOUS CHANGE NEW RELIGIONS AND NEW SPIRITUALITIES ESOTERICISM AND IMPLICIT RELIGION
721
RELIGION AND ECOLOGY HEALTH SOCIAL ISSUES AND VIOLENCE
817
TEACHING THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
963
Index
1009
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Peter Clarke is a professorial member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford where he supervises research and teaches in the social sciences and religion. He has carried out extensive research in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He is the founding editor and currently the co-editor of The Journal of Contemporary Religion and author and/or editor of some twenty books and over one hundred articles.