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    Sacred Companies Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations

    ISBN-10: 0195113225
    ISBN-13: 9780195113228
    Edition: 1997
    Author(s): N. J. Demerath, Peter Dobkin Hall, Terry Schmitt, Rhys H. Williams
    Description: 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  More...
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    Copyright Year: 1997
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Publication Date: 2/12/1998
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 432
    Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
    Weight: 1.628
    Language: English

    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 This interdisciplinary collection of mostly unpublished papers is the first volume to remedy the deficit.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.

    Contributors
    Orienting Perspectives
    The Relevance of Organization Theory to the Study of Religion
    Religious Groups as Crucibles of Social Movements
    The Corporation Sole and the Encounter of Law and Church
    Institutions and the Story of American Religion: A Sketch of a Synthesis
    Identifying Characteristics of "Religious" Organizations: An Exploratory Proposal
    Historical Sources and Patterns of U.S. Religious Organizations
    Religion and the Organizational Revolution in the United States
    Does Institutional Isomorphism Imply Secularization?: Churches and Secular Voluntary Associations in the Turn-of-the-Century City
    Ethnocultural Cleavages and the Growth of Church Membership in the United States, 1860-1930
    Snatching Defeat from Victory in the Decline of Liberal Protestantism: Culture versus Structure in Institutional Analysis
    Recent Dynamics of American Denominations
    Denominations as Dual Structures: An Organizational Analysis
    The Presbyterian Re-Formation: Pushes and Pulls in an American Mainline Schism
    Organizational Change in Theological Schools: Dilemmas of Ideology and Resources
    Congregations Reconsidered
    Congregational Models and Conflict: A Study of How Institutions Shape Organizational Process
    Four Economic Models of Organization Applied to Religious Congregations
    Why Strict Churches Are Strong
    Beyond Mutual and Public Benefits: The Inward and Outward Orientations of Nonprofit Organizations
    Religious Congregations as Nonprofit Organizations: Four English Case Studies
    Action at the Sacred-Secular Interface
    Secularization, Religion, and Isomorphism: A Study of Large Nonprofit Hospital Trustees
    Church-Agency Relationships and Social Service Networks in the Black Community of New Haven
    Transformative Movements and Quasi-Religious Corporations: The Case of Amway
    Cultural Power: How Underdog Religious and Nonreligious Movements Triumph Against Structural Odds
    Epilogue
    Transcending Sacred and Secular: Mutual Benefits in Analyzing Religious and Nonreligious Organizations
    Index

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