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Religion and Belief : Skills-Based Sociology - Tony Lawson

Religion and Belief

Skills-Based Sociology

Paperback Published: 9th February 2009
ISBN: 9780333687635
Number Of Pages: 201

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Religion, belief and faith influence many areas of all our lives, whether we follow a particular doctrine or not. But are people becoming less religious in the modern age? Is religion a social construction? And what do key sociological theorists say about religion?

This book examines the sociology of religion. Looking at belief systems around the world, the text questions and explores changing attitudes to religion, alongside issues such as secularization, fundamentalism and globalization. In particular, this text:

Explores contemporary and classic theory
Describes key practices and beliefs of particular faith groups
Investigates social characteristics associated with religious belief and participation
Discusses various approaches to the organisation of religion, from traditional institutions to sects and cults.

Part of the successful Skills-Based Sociology series, Religion and Belief provides readers with the opportunity to build their knowledge whilst putting their understanding into practice. The book's clear structure, helpful exercises and exam guidance make this an invaluable resource for students new to the study of religion in society.

'The writing is practical and insightful and if you're contemplating anything in this line you'll find this a useful ready guide.' Geoff Willmetts, SF Crowsnest

List of Tables and Figuresp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introduction: the Philosophy behind the Bookp. 1
Subject Contentp. 2
The Sociology of Religionp. 2
Religion, Faith and Beliefp. 3
Definitions of Religionp. 5
The World's Major Religionsp. 8
The Role of Religion in Society: the Classical Sociologistsp. 14
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)p. 16
Karl Marx (1818-1883)p. 18
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)p. 20
Max Weber (1864-1920)p. 26
Conclusionp. 32
The Role of Religion in Society: Contemporary Debatesp. 36
Neo-Marxismp. 36
Neo-Functionalismp. 38
Religion and Meaning: a Phenomenological Approachp. 40
Exchange Theoryp. 42
Feminist Perspectivesp. 42
Postmodernismp. 44
Conclusionp. 50
Religious Organisationsp. 54
Introductionp. 54
The Churchp. 55
The Sectp. 55
The Denominationp. 56
The Cultp. 56
Sect, Cult or New Religious Movement?p. 58
Popularity of Sects and Cultsp. 63
Sects and Public Concernp. 65
Sects and Suicidep. 66
New Social Movementsp. 68
NSMs and the Sociology of Religionp. 70
New Age Movements (NAMs)p. 71
Conclusionp. 73
Religion, Social Order and Social Conflictp. 76
Introduction: the Influence of the English Church as an Institutionp. 76
Islam in Francep. 78
Religion and Changep. 80
Religion and Social Conflictp. 82
Religion and Social Conflict - Fundamentalismp. 83
Religion and Social Control - the Talebanp. 85
Religion and Social Control - Politicsp. 86
Abortion and Gay Marriagep. 90
Conclusionp. 93
The Secularisation Debatep. 97
Religion and Modernityp. 99
The Debate Itselfp. 102
Formal Religious Practicep. 105
The Influence of the Church as an Institutionp. 117
The Status of Individual Beliefp. 120
The Evidence Regarding Secularisationp. 122
New Approachesp. 124
The Secularisation of Religionp. 125
Conclusionp. 127
Social Factors and Religious Beliefp. 132
Ethnicity, Faith and Identity in the UKp. 132
Religion and Identityp. 134
Gender and Faithp. 140
Religion and Social Classp. 145
Religion and Agep. 147
Religion and Homosexualityp. 151
Conclusionp. 153
Religion: a Global Contextp. 156
Introductionp. 156
Fundamentalismp. 157
Fundamentalism and Ideal Typesp. 157
Christian Fundamentalism and the New Christian Right in the USAp. 159
Islamic Fundamentalismp. 164
Religious Resurgence: Catholicism in Britainp. 167
Islam and Muslims in the Post-9/11 Worldp. 169
Managing Religionsp. 177
Conclusionp. 180
Referencesp. 183
Indexp. 190
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ISBN: 9780333687635
ISBN-10: 0333687639
Series: Skills-Based Sociology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 201
Published: 9th February 2009
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1