Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion

Paperback | December 5, 2012

EditorCourtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt

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The thirteen essays in this volume offer a challenge to conventional scholarly approaches to the sociology of religion. They urge readers to look beyond congregational settings, beyond the United States, and to religions other than Christianity, and encourage critical engagement withreligion's complex social consequences. By expanding conceptual categories, the essays reveal how aspects of the religious have always been part of allegedly non-religious spaces and show how, by attending to these intellectual blindspots, we can understand aspects of identity, modernity, andinstitutional life that have long been obscured. Religion on the Edge addresses a number of critical questions: What is revealed about the self, pluralism, or modernity when we look outside the U.S. or outside Christian settings? What do we learn about how and where the religious is actually at workand what its role is when we unpack the assumptions about it embedded in the categories we use? Religion on the Edge offers groundbreaking new methodologies and models, bringing to light conceptual lacunae, re-centering what is unsettled by their use, and inviting a significant reordering of long-accepted political and economic hierarchies. The book shows how social scientists across thedisciplines can engage with the sociology of religion. By challenging many of its long-standing empirical and analytic tendencies, the contributors to this volume show how their work informs and is informed by debates in other fields and the analytical purchase gained by bringing these manyconversations together. Religion on the Edge will be a crucial resource for any scholar seeking to understand our post-modern, post-secular world.

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The thirteen essays in this volume offer a challenge to conventional scholarly approaches to the sociology of religion. They urge readers to look beyond congregational settings, beyond the United States, and to religions other than Christianity, and encourage critical engagement withreligion's complex social consequences. By expanding ...

Courtney Bender is Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Wendy Cadge is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. Peggy Levitt is Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College. David Smilde is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsContributorsCourtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, David Smilde: Religion on the Edge: An IntroductionPart I. Rethinking Categories: Theoretical Approaches1. Manuel Vasquez: Grappling with the Legacy of Modernity: Implications for the Sociology of Religion2. David Smilde: Beyond Cultural Autonomy in the Sociological Study of Religion3. Ates Altinordu: Toward a Comparative Historical Sociology of Religious Politics4. Michal Pagis: Religious Self-Constitution: A Relational Perspective5. Paul Lichtman: Studying Public Religion: Beyond the Beliefs-Driven Actor6. Courtney Bender: Pluralism and Secularism7. Peggy Levitt: Religion on the Move: Mapping Global Cultural Production and ConsumptionPart II. Exemplary Cases: Empirical Examinations8. Dawne Moon: Difficult Dialogues: The Technologies and Limits of Reconciliation9. Wendy Cadge: Negotiating Religious Differences in Secular Organizations: The Case of Hospital Chapels10. Genevieve Zubrzycki: The Meaning and Challenges of Pluralism in Quebec: Debating ''Reasonable Accommodation''11. Kelly H. Chong: Revisiting Religious Power: The Korean Evangelical Church as a Disciplinary Institution12. Jacqueline Hagan: Crossing Borders: Transnational Sanctuary, Social Justice, and the Church13. Conclusion: Working the EdgesIndex