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The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion

Richard K Fenn (Ed)

The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion

Richard K Fenn (Ed)

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"The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion" is presented in three comprehensive parts. Written by a range of outstanding academics, the volume explores the current status of the sociology of religion, and how it might look in future. ^Explores the current status of the sociology of religion, and how it might look at the beginning of the next millennium. ^Traces the boundaries between sociology and other closely related disciplines, such as theology and social anthropology. ^Edited by one of the best known and most widely respected sociologists of religion ^Accessibly presented in three comprehensive parts.

- Publisher List of Contributors.Preface.Part I: Classical and Contemporary Theory: Recycling, Continuity, Progress, or New Departures?Editorial Commentary: Religion and the Secular; the Sacred and the Profane: the Scope of the Argument.1. Personal Reflections in the Mirror of Halevy and Weber: David Martin.Evangelicalism at home (c. 1938) and in Latin America (c.1988).Dangerous Transitions: Music and Words.Resume: The Emergent Problem.The Promise of Sociology.Poems of Arrival and the Problematic of Violence.Concluding Socio-Theological Postscript.2. Salvation, Secularization and De-Moralization: Bryan Wilson.Secularized Religion.Societies as Moral Orders.Secularization as the Decline of Moral Order.Beyond Asceticism and Sacrifice: De-Moralization and Hedonism.3. The Pentecostal Gender Paradox: A Cautionary Tale for the Sociology of Religion: Bernice Martin.The Pentecostal Movement.Pentecostalism: A Modernizing Egalitarian Impulse.Sociological Blinders.Distraction by New Religious Movements.A Confusion with Fundamentalism.Feminism Revised.4. Feminism and the Sociology of Religion: From Gender-Blindness to Gendered Difference: Linda Woodhead.Areas of Concentration.Religions of Difference.Spiritualities of Life.Lacunae.Women in the Churches.Secularization.Questioning Old Paradigms: Beyond Iron Cage and Anomie.Prompting New Paradigms: Feminization and Relational Religion.Conclusion.5. Melancholia, Utopia, and the Psychoanalysis of Dreams: Donald Capps.Melancholia and the Lost Object.Melancholia, Religion, and the Forsaking Mother.The Psychological Impetus Behind Utopia.The Place of Desire in Utopia.The Dream as Locus of Utopia.6. America Sociology Chooses the Stone the Builders Refused: Georg Simmel.Social Crises and the Formation of Sociology.The Path Through Social Chaos.Form and Content.The Stranger as Social Form.Sociology of the Soul and Relationships in Conflict.The Soul''s Story.Faith in the Relationship Between Knower and Known.Society is Faithfulness.Simmel as Practical Sociologist.A Sociological Mapping of the Coming Formlessness.A Sociology of the Theology of Limbo.7. Transformations of Society and the Sacred in Durkheim''s Religious Sociology: Donald Nielsen.The Social and the Sacred.Changes in Social Solidarity.Modernity: The Ludic and the Religious.Conclusion.8. Classics in the Sociology of Religion: An Ambiguous Legacy: Roger O''Toole.Introduction.Classics and the Humanities.Classics and Sociology.The Role of Classics in the Sociology of Religion.Conclusion.9. Individualism, the Validation of Faith, and the Social Nature of Religion in Modernity: Daniele Hervieu-Leger.Religious Individualism and Modern Individualism.The Modern Mutation of Religious Individualism: The Case of ''New Age'' Religion.The Individualisation of Faith and Religious Communalisation.Church, Sect, and Mysticism.The Double Movement of the "De-Institutionalisation" of Religion.Part II: Contemporary Trends in the Relation of Religion to Society:Editorial Commentary: Whose Problem is it? The Question of Prediction vs. Projection.10. Secularization Extended: From Religious "Myth" to Cultural Commonplace: Nicholas Jay Demerath.The Myth of the Myth of Secularization.Sacralization as a Non-Hostile, Counter-Vailing Process.Shifting from Religion to Culture at Large.Secularization as a Cultural Dynamic.Conclusion.11. Social Movements as Free-Floating Religious Phenomena: James Beckford.The ''Religious Turn''.The Paradox of Institutional Decline and Political Salience.Religion and Social Movements.Religious Contributions Towards Social Movements.The Religious in Social Movements.Conclusion.12. The Social Process of Secularization: Steve Bruce.Introduction.Explaining Secularization.Structural Differentiation.Social Differentiation.Societalization.Rationalization.Egalitarianism and Cultural Diversity.Retarding Tendencies.Cultural Transition.Cultural Defense.The Rational Choice Alternative.The Irreversibility of Secularization.13. Patterns of Religion in West Europe: An Excep

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"The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion" is presented in three comprehensive parts. Written by a range of outstanding academics, the volume explores the current status of the sociology of religion, and how it might look in future. ^Explores the current status of the sociology of religion, and how it might look at the beginning of the next millennium. ^Traces the boundaries between sociology and other closely related disciplines, such as theology and social anthropology. ^Edited by one of the best known and most widely respected sociologists of religion ^Accessibly presented in three comprehensive parts.
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List of Contributors.Preface.Part I: Classical and Contemporary Theory: Recycling, Continuity, Progress, or New Departures?Editorial Commentary: Religion and the Secular; the Sacred and the Profane: the Scope of the Argument.1. Personal Reflections in the Mirror of Halevy and Weber: David Martin.Evangelicalism at home (c. 1938) and in Latin America (c.1988).Dangerous Transitions: Music and Words.Resume: The Emergent Problem.The Promise of Sociology.Poems of Arrival and the Problematic of Violence.Concluding Socio-Theological Postscript.2. Salvation, Secularization and De-Moralization: Bryan Wilson.Secularized Religion.Societies as Moral Orders.Secularization as the Decline of Moral Order.Beyond Asceticism and Sacrifice: De-Moralization and Hedonism.3. The Pentecostal Gender Paradox: A Cautionary Tale for the Sociology of Religion: Bernice Martin.The Pentecostal Movement.Pentecostalism: A Modernizing Egalitarian Impulse.Sociological Blinders.Distraction by New Religious Movements.A Confusion with Fundamentalism.Feminism Revised.4. Feminism and the Sociology of Religion: From Gender-Blindness to Gendered Difference: Linda Woodhead.Areas of Concentration.Religions of Difference.Spiritualities of Life.Lacunae.Women in the Churches.Secularization.Questioning Old Paradigms: Beyond Iron Cage and Anomie.Prompting New Paradigms: Feminization and Relational Religion.Conclusion.5. Melancholia, Utopia, and the Psychoanalysis of Dreams: Donald Capps.Melancholia and the Lost Object.Melancholia, Religion, and the Forsaking Mother.The Psychological Impetus Behind Utopia.The Place of Desire in Utopia.The Dream as Locus of Utopia.6. America Sociology Chooses the Stone the Builders Refused: Georg Simmel.Social Crises and the Formation of Sociology.The Path Through Social Chaos.Form and Content.The Stranger as Social Form.Sociology of the Soul and Relationships in Conflict.The Soul''s Story.Faith in the Relationship Between Knower and Known.Society is Faithfulness.Simmel as Practical Sociologist.A Sociological Mapping of the Coming Formlessness.A Sociology of the Theology of Limbo.7. Transformations of Society and the Sacred in Durkheim''s Religious Sociology: Donald Nielsen.The Social and the Sacred.Changes in Social Solidarity.Modernity: The Ludic and the Religious.Conclusion.8. Classics in the Sociology of Religion: An Ambiguous Legacy: Roger O''Toole.Introduction.Classics and the Humanities.Classics and Sociology.The Role of Classics in the Sociology of Religion.Conclusion.9. Individualism, the Validation of Faith, and the Social Nature of Religion in Modernity: Daniele Hervieu-Leger.Religious Individualism and Modern Individualism.The Modern Mutation of Religious Individualism: The Case of ''New Age'' Religion.The Individualisation of Faith and Religious Communalisation.Church, Sect, and Mysticism.The Double Movement of the "De-Institutionalisation" of Religion.Part II: Contemporary Trends in the Relation of Religion to Society:Editorial Commentary: Whose Problem is it? The Question of Prediction vs. Projection.10. Secularization Extended: From Religious "Myth" to Cultural Commonplace: Nicholas Jay Demerath.The Myth of the Myth of Secularization.Sacralization as a Non-Hostile, Counter-Vailing Process.Shifting from Religion to Culture at Large.Secularization as a Cultural Dynamic.Conclusion.11. Social Movements as Free-Floating Religious Phenomena: James Beckford.The ''Religious Turn''.The Paradox of Institutional Decline and Political Salience.Religion and Social Movements.Religious Contributions Towards Social Movements.The Religious in Social Movements.Conclusion.12. The Social Process of Secularization: Steve Bruce.Introduction.Explaining Secularization.Structural Differentiation.Social Differentiation.Societalization.Rationalization.Egalitarianism and Cultural Diversity.Retarding Tendencies.Cultural Transition.Cultural Defense.The Rational Choice Alternative.The Irreversibility of Secularization.13. Patterns of Religion in West Europe: An Excep
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Richard K Fenn (Ed)

Richard K. Fenn is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Christianity and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary, and is one of the most senior and influential practitioners of his discipline currently at work. He is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books.

Table Of Contents

  • List Of Contributors. Acknowledgments. Preface. Part I. Classical And Contemporary Theory: Recycling, Continuity, Progress, Or New Departures? Editorial Commentary: Religion And The Secular; The Sacred And The Profane: The Scope Of The Argument. 1. Personal Reflections In The Mirror Of Halevy And Weber (david Martin) 2. Salvation, Secularization, And De-moralization (bryan Wilson) 3. The Pentecostal Gender Paradox: A Cautionary Tale For The Sociology Of Religion (bernice Martin) 4. Feminism And The Sociology Of Religion: From Gender-blindness To Gendered Difference (linda Woodhead) 5. Melancholia, Utopia, And The Psychoanalysis Of Dreams (donald Capps) 6. Georg Simmel: American Sociology Chooses The Stone The Builders Refused (victoria Lee Erickson) 7. Transformations Of Society And The Sacred In Durkheim's Religious Sociology (donald A. Nielsen) 8. Classics In The Sociology Of Religion: An Ambiguous Legacy (roger O'toole) 9. Individualism, The Validation Of Faith, And The Social Nature Of Religion In Modernity (daniele Hervieu-leger) 10. The Origins Of Religion (richard K. Fenn) Part Ii. Contemporary Trends In The Relation Of Religion To Society. Editorial Commentary: Whose Problem Is It? The Question Of Prediction Versus Projection. 11. Secularization Extended: From Religious "myth" To Cultural Commonplace (nicholas J. Demerath Iii) 12. Social Movements As Free-floating Religious Phenomena (james A. Beckford) 13. The Social Process Of Secularization (steve Bruce) 14. Patterns Of Religion In Western Europe: An Exceptional Case (grace Davie) 15. The Future Of Religious Participation And Belief In Britain And Beyond (robin Gill) 16. Religion As Diffusion Of Values. "diffused Religion" In The Context Of A Dominant Religious Institution: The Italian Case (roberto Cipriani) 17. Spirituality And Spiritual Practice (robert Wuthnow) 18. The Renaissance Of Community Economic Development Among African-american Churches In The 1990s (katherine Day) 19. Hell As A Residual Category: Possibilities Excluded From The Social System (richard K. Fenn And Marianne Delaporte0 Part Iii. The Sociology Of Religion And Related Areas Of Inquiry. Editorial Commentary: Looking For The Boundaries Of The Field: Social Anthropology, Theology, And Ethnography. 20. Acting Ritually: Evidence From The Social Life Of Chinese Rites (catherine Bell) 21. Moralizing Sermons, Then And Now (thomas Luckmann) 22. Health, Morality And Sacrifice: The Sociology Of Disasters (douglas J. Davies) 23. Contemporary Social Theory As It Applies To The Understanding Of Religion In Cross-cultural Perspective (peter Beyer) 24. The Return Of Theology: Sociology's Distant Relative (kieran Flanagan) 25. Epilogue: Toward A Secular View Of The Individual (richard K. Fenn) Index.

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  • Catalogue Code 187650
  • Product Code 063121240X
  • EAN 9780631212409
  • Pages 512
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Blackwell Publishing
  • Publication Date Nov 2000
  • Dimensions 246 x 175 x 34 mm
  • Weight 0.968kg

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