The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Paperback | March 3, 2011

EditorPeter Clarke

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The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars providing both an entry point into the sociological study and understanding of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. The roleand impact of religion and spirituality on the politics, culture, education and health in the modern world is rigorously discussed and debated. The study of the sociology of religion forges interdisciplinary links to explore aspects of continuity and change in the contemporary interface betweensociety and religion. Using a combination of theoretical, methodological and content-led approaches, the fifty-seven contributors collectively emphasise the complex relationships between religion and aspects of life from scientific research to law, ecology to art, music to cognitive science, crime to institutional healthcare and more. The developing character of religion, irreligion and atheism and the impact of religious diversity on social cohesion are explored. An overview of current scholarship in the field is provided in each themed chapter with an emphasis on encouraging new thinking and reflection onfamiliar and emergent themes to stimulate further debate and scholarship. The resulting essay collection provides an invaluable resource for research and teaching in this diverse discipline.

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The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars providing both an entry point into the sociological study and understanding of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. The roleand impact of religion and spirituality on the...

Peter Clarke is Professor Emeritus King's College at the University of London and Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1064 pagesPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Peter Clarke: Introduction:Towards a Global Framework and Organic Understanding of ReligionI: Theory: Classical, Modern and Postmodern2. William E. Paden: Reappraising Durkheim for the Study and Teaching of Religion3. David N. Geller: The Uses of Max Weber: Legitimation and Amnesia in Buddhology, South Asian History, and Anthropological Practice Theory4. Hans G. Kippenberg: Max Weber: Religion and Modernization5. Bryan S. Turner: Max Weber on Islam and Confucianism: the Kantian Theory of Secularization6. Inger Furseth: Religion in the Works of Habermas, Bourdieu and Foucault7. Malcolm Hamilton: Rational Choice Theory: A Critique8. Sian Hawthorne: Religion and Gender9. Robert W. Hefner: Religion and Modernity Worldwide10. Nikolai Wenzel: Postmodernism and Religion11. Meerten ter Borg: Religion and Power12. Matt Waggoner: Culture and ReligionII: Method13. Ole Preben Riis: Methodology in the Sociology of Religion14. Jeppe Sinding Jensen: Conceptual Models in the Study of Religion15. Andre Droogers: Defining Religion: A Social Science Approach16. K. Helmut Reich: Explaining Religion through Cognitive ScienceIII: Religion and related spheres: Morality, Science, Irreligion, Art and Sexuality17. William Sims Bainbridge: Science and Religion18. William Sims Bainbridge: Atheism19. John Reeder: Religion and Morality20. Robert Wuthnow: The Contemporary Convergence of Art and Religion21. I. M. Lewis: The Social Roots and Meaning of Trance and PossessionIV: Religion and the State, the Nation, the Law22. Phillip E. Hammond and David W. Machacek: Religion and the State23. Christophe Jaffrelot: Religion and Nationalism24. James T. Richardson: Religion and the Law: An Interactionist View25. Enzo Pace: The Socio-cultural and Socio-religious Origins of Human RightsV: Globalisation and its Religious Effects26. Roland Robertson: Globalization, Theocratization and Politicized Civil Rights27. Caroline Pluss: Migration and the Globalization of Religion28. Anson Shupe: Religious Fundamentalism29. Gary D. Bouma: Religious DiversityVI: Standard or Mainstream Religion30. Karel Dobbelaere: The Meaning and Scope of Secularization31. Dean R. Hoge: The Sociology of the Clergy32. Nancy T. Ammerman: Congregations: Local, Social and Religious33. Lorne L. Dawson: Church-Sect-Cult:Constructing Typologies of Religious Groups34. Sam Zubaida: Sects in IslamVII: The Reproduction and Transmission of Religion35. Mathew Guest: The Reproduction and Transmission of Religion36. Wade Clark Roof: Generations and Religion37. Penny Edgell: Religion and Family38. Peter Collins: Religion and Ritual39. Stewart M. Hoover: Religion in the Media40. Gary R. Bunt: Religion and the InternetVIII: New Religion, New Spirituality and Implicit Religion41. David G. Bromley: New Religious Movements42. Eva M. Hamberg: Unchurched Spirituality43. Paul Heelas: Spiritualities of Life44. Kennet Granholm: The Sociology of Esotericism45. Edward Bailey: Implicit ReligionIX: Environmental and Social Issues46. Mary Evelyn Tucker: Religion and Ecology47. Wendy Cadge: Religion, Spirituality and Health: An Institutional Approach48. Titus Hjelm: Religion and Social Problems: A New Theoretical Perspective49. Anne Birgitta Yeung: Religion and Social Problems: Individual and Institutional Responses50. Bryon R. Johnson: The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to Crime and Delinquency51. Keishin Inaba and Kate Loewenthal: Religion and Altruism52. Mark Juergensmaeyer: Religious Violence53. Michael Kirwan: Girard, Religion, Violence, and Modern MartydomX: Teaching the Sociology of Religion54. Eleanor Nesbitt: The Teacher as Religious Ethnographer55. James V. Spickard: Ethnography/ Religion: Explorations in Field and ClassroomIndex

Editorial Reviews

"The contributors of these chapters have been chosen from an impressive pool of top international academics in the field. Not only has the editor done a great job in finding leading academics to write on the most topical issues, but also all the contributors have written a very informativepiece, using the most recent data and theories. All the chapters are a delight to read...This is an impressive volume that will delight the student as much as the erudite in the field. All the academic libraries should order this volume as it will soon become an essential reference to any subject inthe sociology of religion. It is a must for anyone who calls himself/herself a sociologist of religion to have a copy of this book on his/her bookshels." --Adam Possamai, Australian Religion Studies Review 13/05/2009