The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion

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Bryan S. Turner
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 2, 2010 - Social Science - 712 pages
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Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, the "New Companion" provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches. Covers major debates in secularization theory, rational choice theory, feminism and the body Takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering history, sociology, anthropology, and religious studies International in its scope, covering American exceptionalism, Native American spirituality, and China, Europe, and Southeast Asia Offers discussions on the latest developments, including "megachurches," spirituality, post-secular society and globalization
 

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Contents

Introduction Mapping the Sociology of Religion
1
Part I The Foundations
31
Part II From Secularization to Resacralization
123
Part III New Developments
179
Part IV Institutionalization Old and New Forms
245
Part V Sociology of Comparative Religions
309
Part VI Globalization
475
Part VII The Future of Religion
627
Index
668
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Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate School and Director of the Committee on Religion and Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and subsequently Professor of Sociology in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Professor Turner was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Bielefeld University, Germany, a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. He recently published The Body and Society, third edition (2008), and edited The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (2009).

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