The Centrality of Religion in Social Life: Essays in Honour of James A. Beckford

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Eileen Barker
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Religion - 247 pages
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James A. Beckford's work is internationally acclaimed not only in the sociology of religion, but also in other fields of the social sciences. Beckford has long been arguing that the distinctions that have grown up between the different sub-disciplines should be broken down, with those specialising in religion becoming more cognisant of new theoretical developments, and sociologists in general becoming more aware of the significance of developments in the religious scene.This book is a collection of essays written in Beckford's honour, drawing on a number of religious themes that have been central to Beckford's interests, whilst also offering a significant contribution to our understanding of the wider society. A central theme is modernity (and its relation to the post-modern), and how religion affects and is affected by the dynamics of contemporary society, with the primary focus of many of the chapters being a concern with how society copes with the minority religions that have become visible with the globalising tendencies of contemporary society. The contributors, who come from America, Asia and various parts of Europe, are all internationally renowned scholars. The volume opens with a short account of Beckford's contribution to Sociology by the editor; his most important publications are listed in an Appendix.
 

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Contents

Contexts Concepts
15
The InnerWorld Mysticism and a Successful Social Integration
85
The European Court of Human Rights Minority Religions and
103
Learning from the Jehovahs Witnesses
117
Can we use Conversion Accounts
131
The Religious and the Political
161
Religion Human Power and Powerlessness
175
Centring on
203
A list of James A Beckfords most important works
233
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Eileen Barker PhD, OBE, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the London School of Economics, UK. She has written over 250 publications (that have been translated into 27 languages) including New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction and the award-winning The Making of a Moonie, now held by Ashgate. She has edited/co-edited 8 books and has been on the faculty of LSE since 1970. She is also the founder and Chair of Inform, an NGO supported by the government and mainstream Churches that provides enquirers with information about minority religions.

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