The Sociology Of Religion: A Substantive And Transdisciplinary Approach by George LundskowThe Sociology Of Religion: A Substantive And Transdisciplinary Approach by George Lundskow

The Sociology Of Religion: A Substantive And Transdisciplinary Approach

byGeorge Lundskow

Paperback | June 10, 2008

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Most Sociology of Religion texts are decidedly staid and uninteresting, covering "contemporary" developments which are only contemporary only from a disciplinary perspective.  They are not contemporary if viewed from the perspective of the religion's practioners (in religious and non-religious settings).   The textbooks that attempt to be interesting to undergraduate students often fall short because they either try to cover too much in an encyclopedic format, or sacrifice a sociological perspective for a personal one.  Many use real-life examples only superficially to illustrate concepts.


Lundskow's approach is the opposite-students will learn the facts of religion in its great diversity, all the most interesting and compelling beliefs and practices, and then learn relevant concepts that can be used to explain empirical observations. The book thus follows the logic of actual research-investigate and then analyze-rather than approaching concepts with no real bearing on how religion is experienced in society.  This approach, using provocative examples and with an eye toward the historical and theoretical, not to mention global experience of religion, will make this book a success in the classroom.


The author envisions a substantive approach

George Lundskow recently edited and published a book on new developments in religion. This textbook is in many ways an extension of that book conceptually, that religion today is best understood through example, examined closely, not through summaries of classical theorists, literature reviews of famous scholars, or abstract concepts. ...
Title:The Sociology Of Religion: A Substantive And Transdisciplinary ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:June 10, 2008Publisher:Sage PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1412937213

ISBN - 13:9781412937214