American Sociology of Religion: Histories

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Anthony J. Blasi
BRILL, 2007 - Social Science - 317 pages
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This is a collection of histories of various aspects of American sociology of religion. The contributions range from descriptions of early dissertations, accounts of changes in theoretical conceptualization, the evolution of studies of particular denominations, to the rise of new areas of inquiry such as globalization, feminism, new religions, and the study of the religious traditions of Latino/a Americans. Taken as a whole, the volume complements rather than duplicates commemorative issues of the relevant journals, which focused on the scholarly organizations in the field. It represents a first effort to develop an organized treatment of the fascinating history of the specialty in the U.S.A.
 

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Contents

1 Early Dissertations in American Sociology of Religion Anthony J Blasi
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2 The Theoretical Trajectory Doyle Paul Johnson
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3 The Protestant Ethic Thesis as American Sociology of Religion William H Swatos Jr and Peter Kivisto
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4 The Emergence of Mormon Studies in the Social Sciences Armand L Mauss
121
Past Present and Future James C Cavendish
151
6 Buddhism under Study Joseph B Tamney
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Theory Research and Social Action Nancy NasonClark and Barbara Fishertownsend
203
The Formation of the Theoretical Binary and Beyond Alberto Lˇpez Pulido
223
9 The Sociology of New Religious Movements E Burke Rochford Jr
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Some Representative Perspectives John H Simpson
291
Contributors
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Anthony J. Blasi, Ph.D. (1974), sociology, University of Notre Dame, is Professor of Sociology, Tennessee State University. Recent books include Diverse Histories of American Sociology (ed.) and A History of Sociological Research and Teaching at Catholic Notre Dame University (co-author).

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