The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Perspective

Paperback | October 1, 2013

byLorne L. Dawson, Joel Thiessen

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis concise volume examines the changing religious landscape of Canada within the broader context of the contemporary world in which we live. Offering students an overview of the fundamental issues, perspectives, and insights shaping the sociological analysis of contemporary religions, this is theideal introduction to the sociology of religion in Canada.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis concise volume examines the changing religious landscape of Canada within the broader context of the contemporary world in which we live. Offering students an overview of the fundamental issues, perspectives, and insights shaping the sociological analysis...

Lorne Dawson is the chair of the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo as well as a professor in both the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies and the Department of Religious Studies. He has published extensively across the discipline and is the author of Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Religion in Canada, the West, and the Rest of the WorldReligion in Canada: The View from HereReligion in Traditional SocietiesReligion in Contemporary Societies2. Religion in Late ModernityDe-traditionalizationGlobalizationExpressive Individualism and the New TribalismThe Risk/Trust DialecticThe Transformation of IntimacyReligion in the Late Modern WorldGiddens on ReligionThe New Religious Consciousness3. Defining ReligionTraditional Approaches and ProblemsThe Late or Postmodern Critique of "Religion" as a CategoryThe Family Resemblance ApproachThe Problematic Relationship of Religion and the Law in Canada4. The Dimensions of ReligionBeliefRitualExperienceCommunity5. Insights from the Sociological Theory of ReligionClassical Theory: Marx, Durkheim, and WeberMarx and Social ControlDurkheim and Social SolidarityWeber and Social ChangeContemporary Theory: Berger and StarkPeter Berger's Theory of ReligionRodney Stark's Theory of Religion6. Arguments For and Against Secularization TheoryThe Case for Secularization TheoryPeter BergerBryan WilsonSteve BruceAttendanceThe Case against Secularization TheoryJeffrey HaddenRodney StarkJose Casanova7. The Religious Life of Contemporary CanadiansReligion in Canada before the 1960sReligion in Canada since the 1960sSecularizationRevitalizationPolarizationWhich Is More Accurate: Secularization, Revitalization, or Polarization?Religion, Teens, and Young AdultsReligious Socialization and the Future of Religion in Canada8. The New Religious DiversityReligion and Immigration in CanadaThe Religious "Nones"New Religious MovementsThe Emergence of New Religious MovementsAccusations of Brainwashing and Sexual DevianceThe Social Significance of New Religious MovementsConclusionCritical Thinking QuestionsSuggested ReadingsRelated WebsitesChapter 9: Summary and ConclusionsGlossaryReferencesIndex