Society, Spirituality, and the Sacred: A Social Scientific Introduction

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Social Science - 464 pages

In Society, Spirituality, and the Sacred, Swenson draws on both Weber's Charisma and Routinization of Charisma and Thomas O'Dea's Dilemmas of the Institutionalization of Religion to reveal how religion has both a positive and negative effect on people. Moving from the individual experience of the sacred to the more institutional religious experience, the book explores the many manifestations of religious life and offers a synthesis of folk religions, new religions, the New Age Movement, and the challenges posed by the secularization of contemporary life. This approach to studying the sociology of religion offers a more challenging and provocative opportunity for students compared to other texts on the market.

The second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to integrate the latest developments in the field and to offer a more global approach to the study of religion. New chapters on women and religion and new religious movements have been added and discussions of Islam, indigenous religions and postmodernism have been significantly expanded.

 

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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
29
Chapter THREE
59
Chapter FOUR
81
Chapter FIVE
108
Chapter
137
Chapter SEVEN
164
Chapter EIGHT
188
Chapter
257
Chapter ELEVEN
289
Chapter TWELVE
319
Chapter THIRTEEN
343
Chapter FOURTEEN
375
ReFeReNCeS
403
INDex
431
Copyright

Chapter NINE
228

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About the author (2009)

Donald S. Swensonis a Professor of Sociology at Mount Royal College, Calgary. He holds a degree in theology from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in sociology from Notre Dame University. He has taught, researched, and written on the sociology of religion for over twenty years.

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