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Handbook of the Sociology of Religion - Michele Dillon

Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

By: Michele Dillon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th December 2003
ISBN: 9780521000789
Number Of Pages: 496

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Religion is a critical construct for understanding contemporary social life. It illuminates the everyday experiences and practices of many individuals, is a significant component of diverse institutional processes including politics, gender relations, and socioeconomic inequality, and plays a vital role in public culture and social change. This handbook showcases current research and thinking in the sociology of religion. The contributors, all active writers and researchers int eh area, provide original chapters focusing on select aspects of their own engagement with the field. Aimed at students and scholars who want to know more about the sociology of religion, this handbook also provides a resource for sociologists in general by integrating broader questions of sociology (e.g. demography, ethnicity, life course, inequality, political sociology) into the analysis of religion. Broadly inclusive of traditional research topics (modernity, secularization, politics) as well as newer interests (feminism, spirituality, faith-based community action), this handbook illustrates the validity of diverse theoretical perspectives and research designs to understanding the multilayered nature of religion as a sociological phenomenon.

"Michele Dillon has done sociology of religion a great service by bringing together many of its most distinguished and promising practitioners to address the field at large according to their special competencies and interests. She also succeeded in getting many of them to take each other's papers into account, so that the whole book hangs together...I cannot resist the observation that Dillon's roster of contributors is an all-star cast...In view of the overall breadth and general excellence of the chapters and could serve as the main text for an upper division or graduate survey course in sociology of religion. It will certainly serve as a resource for the preparation of lectures, not to mention as a stimulus to research. Nonetheless, at $30, the book is a bargain. It should be in the library of everyone who reads this review." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion "Editor Michele Dillon has pulled off quite an impressive feat: soliciting, assembling, and publishing 28 original essays by some of the top sociologists of religion in the United States...The majority of chapters are plainly articulated, informed by sound theory, and bolstered by compelling data...the list of contributors is the closest thing to a 'who's who' of contemporary sociologists of religion to appear in one text that I am aware of. For sociologists of religion, this is easily the best single compendium of research and theory to come out in years, and a hearty testament to the vitality and dynamism of the state of our crucial discipline." Phil Zuckerman, Pitzer College, Contemporary Sociology

Religion as a Field of Sociological Knowledge
The sociology of religion in late modernity
Studying religion, making it sociological
The ritual roots of society and culture
Social forms of religion and religions in contemporary global society
The evolution of the sociology of religion: theme and variations
Religion and Social Change
Demographic methods for the sociology of religion
Church attendance in the United States
The dynamics of religious economies
Historicizing the secularization debate: an agenda for research
Escaping the procrustean bed: a critical analysis of the study of religious organizations, 1930âÇô2001
Religion and spirituality: toward an integrated analysis Wade
Religion and the Life Course
Religious socialization: sources of influence and influences of agency
In rhetoric and practice: defining the 'good family' in local congregations
Religion and health: depressive symptoms and mortality as case studies
Religion, spirituality, and vital involvement in late adulthood
Religion and Social Identity
Religious identities and religious institutions
Religion and the new immigrants
A journey of the 'straight way' or the 'roundabout path': Jewish identity in the United States and Israel
Beyond the synogogue
Dis/location: emerging feminist inquiry in the sociology of religion
Religion, Political Behavior, and Public Culture
Religion and political behavior
Religious social movements in the public sphere: organization, ideology, and activism
Mapping the moral order: depicting the terrain of religious conflict and change
Civil society and civil religion as mutually dependent
Religion and violence: social processes in comparative perspective
Religion and Socio-Economic Inequality
Religion, faith-based community organizing, and the struggle for justice
Latina empowerment, border realities, and faith-based organizations
'Worldly' or 'other worldly'?: activism in an urban religious district
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ISBN: 9780521000789
ISBN-10: 0521000785
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 19th December 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.72