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Sacred Companies : Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations - N. J. Demerath

Sacred Companies

Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations

By: N. J. Demerath (Editor), Peter Dobkin Hall (Editor), Terry Schmitt (Editor), Rhys H. Williams (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1998
ISBN: 9780195113228
Number Of Pages: 432

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Religion is intrinsically social, and hence irretrievably organizational, although organization is often seen as the darker side of the religious experience--power, routinization, and bureaucracy. Religion and secular organizations have long received separate scholarly scrutiny, but until now their confluence has been little considered. This interdisciplinary collection of mostly unpublished papers is the first volume to remedy the deficit. The project grew out of a three-year inquiry into religious institutions undertaken by Yale University's Program on Non-Profit Organizations and sponsored by the Lilly Endowment. The scholars who took part in this effort weree challenged to apply new perspectives to the study of religious organizations, especially that strand of contemporary secular organizational theory known as "New Institutionalism." The result was this groundbreaking volume, which includes papers on various aspects of such topics as the historical sources and patterns of U.S. religious organizations, contemporary patterns of denominational authority, the congregation as an organization, and the interface between religious and secular institutions and movements. The contributors include an interdisciplinary mix of scholars from economics, history, law, social administration, and sociology.

"The book is filled with rich material."--Church History "An excellent book; highly recommended."--Choice "The book is filled with rich material."--Church History "An excellent book; highly recommended."--Choice

Contributorsp. xxi
Orienting Perspectivesp. 3
The Relevance of Organization Theory to the Study of Religionp. 7
Religious Groups as Crucibles of Social Movementsp. 24
The Corporation Sole and the Encounter of Law and Churchp. 50
Institutions and the Story of American Religion: A Sketch of a Synthesisp. 62
Identifying Characteristics of "Religious" Organizations: An Exploratory Proposalp. 79
Historical Sources and Patterns of U.S. Religious Organizationsp. 97
Religion and the Organizational Revolution in the United Statesp. 99
Does Institutional Isomorphism Imply Secularization?: Churches and Secular Voluntary Associations in the Turn-of-the-Century Cityp. 116
Ethnocultural Cleavages and the Growth of Church Membership in the United States, 1860-1930p. 132
Snatching Defeat from Victory in the Decline of Liberal Protestantism: Culture versus Structure in Institutional Analysisp. 154
Recent Dynamics of American Denominationsp. 173
Denominations as Dual Structures: An Organizational Analysisp. 175
The Presbyterian Re-Formation: Pushes and Pulls in an American Mainline Schismp. 195
Organizational Change in Theological Schools: Dilemmas of Ideology and Resourcesp. 208
Congregations Reconsideredp. 227
Congregational Models and Conflict: A Study of How Institutions Shape Organizational Processp. 231
Four Economic Models of Organization Applied to Religious Congregationsp. 256
Why Strict Churches Are Strongp. 269
Beyond Mutual and Public Benefits: The Inward and Outward Orientations of Nonprofit Organizationsp. 292
Religious Congregations as Nonprofit Organizations: Four English Case Studiesp. 307
Action at the Sacred-Secular Interfacep. 321
Secularization, Religion, and Isomorphism: A Study of Large Nonprofit Hospital Trusteesp. 323
Church-Agency Relationships and Social Service Networks in the Black Community of New Havenp. 340
Transformative Movements and Quasi-Religious Corporations: The Case of Amwayp. 349
Cultural Power: How Underdog Religious and Nonreligious Movements Triumph Against Structural Oddsp. 364
Epiloguep. 379
Transcending Sacred and Secular: Mutual Benefits in Analyzing Religious and Nonreligious Organizationsp. 381
Indexp. 401
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ISBN: 9780195113228
ISBN-10: 0195113225
Series: Religion in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st February 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.75