Family, Religion, and Social Change in Diverse Societies

Paperback | August 1, 1999

EditorSharon K. Houseknecht, Jerry G. Pankhurst

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Family and religion face a myriad of challenges in the modern age. Although many social theorists think these institutions would be greatly weakened or eliminated in the course of modernization, this book rejects that notion and demonstrates that both family and religion--no matter whatsignificant transformations they may be undergoing--are nevertheless well rooted in societies throughout the world. The persistence and vitality of these two institutions contradict the secularization thesis or the family decline thesis. Though the importance of religion and family is manifested indifferent ways and in different contexts, these institutions are important virtually everywhere, in both the public and private spheres. Family, Religion, and Social Change in Diverse Societies deals with family and religion together, examining their unique relationship as institutions as well as the way in which they interact with other social institutions, including politics and economics. Authored by an international group ofscholars in sociology and anthropology, the fourteen essays are complex analyses of social change processes occurring within societies. Taking an inter-institutional perspective, each essay explores the special link between religion and family in a specific society. Together, the introduction andessays in the book cover societies on five continents, examining varying levels of economic development, diverse religious traditions, and differing degrees of cultural homogeneity. Providing informative and compelling studies, Family, Religion, and Social Change in Diverse Societies offers a goodmix of both descriptive and statistical information.

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Family and religion face a myriad of challenges in the modern age. Although many social theorists think these institutions would be greatly weakened or eliminated in the course of modernization, this book rejects that notion and demonstrates that both family and religion--no matter whatsignificant transformations they may be undergoing...

Sharon K. Houseknecht is at Ohio State University. Jerry G. Pankhurst is at Wittenburg University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionChapter 1. Pankhurst and Houseknecht: The Implications of the Religion -- Family Linkage for Social ChangeI: Societal Conflict and AccommodationChapter 2. Christiano: Religion and Family in Modern American CultureChapter 3. Houseknecht: Social Change in Egypt: The Roles of Religion and FamilyChapter 4. Trost and Palm: Family and Religion in SwedenChapter 5. Yang, Thorton, and Fricke: Religion and Family Formation in Taiwan: The Decline of Ancestral AuthorityII: Dramatic Societal TransformationChapter 6. Larson: Belarus on the Cusp of Change: The Relationship Between Religion and Family in a Newly Open Religious Market "We Don't Celebrate Christmas, We Just Give Gifts": Adaptations to Migration and Social Change Among Muslim, and Sikh Children in EnglandIV: Economic Factors as a Force for ChangeChapter 12. Smith: Land of the Rising Son? Domestic Organization, Ancestor Worship, and Economic Change in JapanChapter 13. Diduk and Maynard: A Woman's Pillow and the Political Economy of Kedjom Family in CameronV: Gender and Social ChangeChapter 14. Nunes: Women, Family and Catholicism in Brazil: The Issue of PowerChapter 15. de Mola: Converted Women Redefining Their Family Roles in Mexico