The Sociology of Religion: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives

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Routledge, Jun 12, 2012 - Religion - 320 pages
This clear introduction to the sociology of religion combines a discussion of key theorists with a modern emphasis on the diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Malcolm Hamilton's expanded second edition brings the discussion fully up-to-date, and extends its material on secularization and religious sects, giving a broad comparative view. Drawing on the insights of history, anthropology and sociology, he surveys classic and contemporary theory to give a full picture of the variety and scope of theoretical perspectives.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Religion and reason
21
3 Magic
29
4 Religion and emotion
47
5 Buddhism
73
Karl Marx
83
7 The coming of the millennium
91
Emile Durkheim
101
Max Weber
141
13 The Protestant ethic debate
151
14 Religion and meaning
161
15 Secularisation
169
Stark and Bainbridge
187
17 Sects cults and movements
197
18 Conclusion
221
Notes
225

9 The birth of the gods
113
the functionalists
117
11 Taboos and rituals
127

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About the author (2012)

Malcolm Hamilton is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Reading. Other publications include Sociology and the World's Religions, Democratic Socialism in Britain and Sweden and Class and Inequality in Comparative Perspective.

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