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The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion

Bryan S. Turner (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8852-4
712 pages
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Reflecting the very latest developments in the field, the New Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of religion with a clear emphasis on comparative and historical approaches.
  • Covers major debates in secularization theory, rational choice theory, feminism and the body
  • Takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering history, sociology, anthropology, and religious studies
  • International in its scope, covering American exceptionalism, Native American spirituality, and China, Europe, and Southeast Asia
  • Offers discussions on the latest developments, including "megachurches", spirituality, post-secular society and globalization
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction: Mapping the Sociology of Religion 1
Bryan S. Turner

PART I THE FOUNDATIONS 31

1 The Sociology of Religion: The Foundations 33
Andrew McKinnon

2 Durkheim and After: Religion, Culture, and Politics 52
William Ramp

3 The Functional Theory of Religion 76
Victor Lidz

4 Recent Developments in the Anthropology of Religion 103
Simon Coleman

PART II FROM SECULARIZATION TO RESACRALIZATION 123

5 Secularization 125
Steve Bruce

6 American Exceptionalism? 141
John Torpey

7 Resacralization 160
Grace Davie

PART III NEW DEVELOPMENTS 179

8 Rational Choice and the Sociology of Religion 181
David Lehmann

9 The Religious Habitus: Embodiment, Religion, and Sociological Theory 201
Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling

10 Women, Religions, and Feminisms 221
Fang-Long Shih

PART IV INSTITUTIONALIZATION: OLD AND NEW FORMS 245

11 New Research on Megachurches: Non-denominationalism and Sectarianism 247
Stephen Ellingson

12 The Sociology of Spirituality: Refl ections on a Problematic Endeavor 267
Matthew Wood

13 Arguing against Darwinism: Religion, Science, and Public Morality 286
Michael S. Evans and John H. Evans

PART V SOCIOLOGY OF COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS 309

14 The Sociology of Early Christianity: From History to Theory, and Back Again 311
Joseph M. Bryant

15 Judaism: Covenant, Pluralism, and Piety 340
Alan Mittleman

16 Sociology and Anthropology of Islam: A Critical Debate 364
Gabriele Marranci

17 Approaches to the Study of Buddhism 388
Catherine Newell

18 Sociology of Hinduism 407
Pratap Kumar Penumala

19 Religious Awakening in China under Communist Rule: A Political Economy Approach 431
Fenggang Yang

20 Native American Religious Traditions: A Sociological Approach 456
Dennis F. Kelley

PART VI GLOBALIZATION 475

21 Globalization and the Sociology of Religion 477
Lionel Obadia

22 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in a Global Perspective 498
Afe Adogame

23 Fundamentalism 519
Richard T. Antoun

24 Religion, Media, and Globalization 544
Jeremy Stolow

25 Toward a Sociology of Religious Commodifi cation 563
Pattana Kitiarsa

26 Women and Piety Movements 584
Rachel Rinaldo

27 Religion and Nationalism: A Critical Re-examination 606
Geneviève Zubrzycki

PART VII THE FUTURE OF RELIGION 627

28 The Future of Religion 629
Andrew Wernick

29 Religion in a Post-secular Society 649
Bryan S. Turner

Index 668

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Author Information

Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate School and Director of the Committee on Religion and Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and subsequently Professor of Sociology in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Professor Turner was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Bielefeld University, Germany, a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. He recently published The Body and Society, third edition (2008), and edited The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (2009).
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Reviews

"All of this being said I enjoyed reading this book for its in-depth examination of the complexities of the social forces that are shaping and are being shaped by religious groups around the world. I certainly see this being of theoretical value for researchers engaging the new religious realities of our world." (Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, 6 August 2011)

"That said, the new companion is a timely and valuable work, validly updating the original companion and a good addition to the reference shelves of any academic or specialist library". (Reference Reviews, 1 December 2010)

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