Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Social Science - 374 pages
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Sociology of Religion charts changes in the sociology of religion without ignoring the continuing relevance of Weber, Durkheim, and Marx. Veteran sociologists Christiano, Swatos, and Kivisto address both the foundations and the profound changes in the field, placing new conceptions against their historical background. Charts, pictures, down-to-earth examples, and a readable style keep the history and new developments within the reach of undergraduates. Instructors who want to give their students a current and comprehensive overview of the field should take a look at Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments.
  

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A fascinating overview of the current state of sociology of religion. While not comprehensive, it covers a lot of ground and delves into a few specific cases. Particularly interesting for me are ... Read full review

Contents

By Way of Introduction
3
The Definition Problem
4
Exploring the Dimensions of Religion
12
Ethical Consideration
16
A Definitional Revision
18
The Plan of the Book
19
Suggestions for Further Reading
25
Studying Religion
27
The AfricanAmerican Religious Experience
168
The New Immigrants
173
The New Ethics as Protestants Catholics and Jews
175
Beyond Protestant Catholic Jew
176
Suggestions for Further Reading
183
Gender Sexuality and Religion Spirituality in Different Voices?
185
The Ordination Debate
187
Women in Clerical and Lay Roles
192

Survey Research
29
Participant Observation
32
Historical Research
34
Theory in the Study of Religion
35
Conflict Theories
37
A Paradigm Shift
38
Rational Choice Theories
39
Sociologie Religieuse
45
Why Study Religion?
47
Implicit Religion
51
Suggestions for Further Reading
53
The Religion of Secularization and the History of Religions
55
The Arguments
59
The Critique
63
The Religions of Secularization
64
Civil Religion
65
Invisible Religion
70
The Myth of the Age of Faith
73
Pluralism
74
Suggestions for Further Reading
82
Religion in the United States Denominationalism and Beyond
85
Churches and Sects
86
Webers Sociology and Troeltschs Ethics
88
Elaboration Reaction and Revision
89
NeoWeberian Analysis
91
Denominationalism
92
Typology
93
Denominations Today
95
Congregationalism
98
American Religious Renewal
102
Mainlines and Sidelines in Religion in the United States
105
Alike and Different
112
Suggestions for Further Reading
118
RELIGION AND SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION
121
Social Class Religion and Power A Classic Field of Inquiry
123
The Permanent Exile and Prophet
124
Theodicy Religious Ethics and Social Class
128
Religion and the US Class Structure
133
18701970
134
Suggestions for Further Reading
150
Religion and Ethnicity A Complex Relationship
153
Ethnic Nationality and Racial Groups
154
Nationality Groups and Territoriality
155
The Spector of Race
156
Relational Patterns between Religion and Ethnicity
159
Ethnicity in the Righteous Empire
161
The Ethnic Factor in the Formative Period of US Catholicism
162
The Jewish Diaspora
164
Herbergs Thesis and the Triple Melting Pot
166
Gender Religion and Family Values
196
Abortion and the Politics of the Body
197
Family Matters
199
Gays Lesbians and Religion
204
Images of God and Gendered Spirituality
208
Suggestions for Further Reading
209
RELIGION CULTURE AND CHANGE
211
Religious Change The Case of Catholicism in the United States
213
From Breeze to Tornado
214
Loyalty but Not Obedience
215
A Collapse of Authority
216
Guiding the People of God
217
Failures at the Top
219
Problems in the Pews
223
Hispanic Catholics
225
Women in the Church
227
People without Priests
231
Expanding Mission Declining Resources
237
Suggestions for Further Reading
240
The Globalization Dynamic Historic Animosities or Postmodern Politics?
243
Global Culture
246
Excursus on the History of Religions
249
Globalization and Fundamentalisms
250
The Religious Right in the United States
251
Islamization
256
Fundalmentalism Globilization and American Civil Religion
260
Ultraorthodoxy
265
Suggestions for Further Reading
270
Mediating MeaningReligion inand as Contemporary Culture
273
The Media of Religion
275
Words and The Word
278
Broadcast Faith in the United States
283
His Masters Voice?
285
Religion on the Internet
290
Suggestions for Further Reading
296
Boundary Issues Church State and New Religions
299
Religious Novelty
302
Social Science and Social Movements
304
Asceticism and Mysticism
307
The Attraction of the Margin
310
Illustrations of NRM Dynamics
312
Unificationism
313
Satanism and AntiSatanism
319
Of Gods and Goddesses
325
Suggestions for Further Reading
328
References
329
Index
361
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About the author (2008)

Kevin J. Christiano is associate professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Over two decades he has published research on such subjects as religion and the family, church membership and labor activism, Roman Catholics among immigrants to the United States, and American denominations at the turn of the last century.

William H. Swatos, Jr., is executive director of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Religious Research Association. His concentrations include secularization, church-sect theory, religion and slave-master relations in the antebellum South, Icelandic spirituality, family and sexuality and social theory. He also holds a degree in theology and is an Episcopal priest. Bill is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Society (AltaMira Pres, 1998).

Peter Kivisto is currently professor and chair of sociology at Augustana College, where he has taught for twenty years. Peter teaches courses in social theory, race and ethnicity, and crime, as well as introductory sociology and has written or edited texts in most of these areas.

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