A Sociology of Religious Emotion

Paperback | July 15, 2012

byOle Riis, Linda Woodhead

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This timely book aims to change the way we think about religion by putting emotion back onto the agenda. It challenges a tendency to over-emphasise rational aspects of religion, and rehabilitates its embodied, visceral and affective dimensions. Against the view that religious emotion is apurely private matter, it offers a new framework which shows how religious emotions arise in the varied interactions between human agents and religious communities, human agents and objects of devotion, and communities and sacred symbols. It presents parallels and contrasts between religious emotions in European and American history, in other cultures, and in contemporary western societies. By taking emotions seriously, A Sociology of Religious Emotion sheds new light on the power of religion to shape fundamental human orientationsand motivations: hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, loves and hatreds.

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This timely book aims to change the way we think about religion by putting emotion back onto the agenda. It challenges a tendency to over-emphasise rational aspects of religion, and rehabilitates its embodied, visceral and affective dimensions. Against the view that religious emotion is apurely private matter, it offers a new framework...

Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, and Director of the Religion and Society Programme - a major national research council initiative which embraces 80 separate projects. Her books include Religions in the Modern World (with Koko Kawanami and Chris Partridge), An Introduction to Christianity, ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:July 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199655774

ISBN - 13:9780199655779

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Emotion - a relational view2. Delineating religious emotion3. Dynamics of religious emotion I: connections of self, society, and symbols4. Dynamics of religious emotion II: disconnections of self, society, and symbols5. The power of religious emotion6. Religious emotion in late modern society and cultureConclusionAppendix: Studying religious emotion: Suggestions for method and practice

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Review from previous edition: "A Sociology of Religious Emotion is exactly the kind of specialist academic book that is usually overlooked by the celebrity combatants in the secular commentariat. If the book's arguments and its proposals for research are heeded, it might ground the wranglesabout the proper place of religion." --Bernice Martin Times Literary Supplement