Religion and Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0415351545
ISBN-13: 9780415351546
Edition: 2005
Authors: Stephen Hunt
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

This introductory text explores the historical and contemporary relevance of religion to social life, through an examination of practice and belief. Author Hunt reconsiders how theories and concepts are lived at the level of selfhood and cultural identity, through religious and spiritual belief. At the same time he looks at contemporary changes in religious life and how these are impacted by socialization, institutional belonging, and belief, and at the significance of class, gender, age and ethnicity. Individual chapters cover a range of issues, such as: religion, identity and community secularization and pluralism traditional Christianity: change and continuity globalization and the global context religion and ethnicity. The text challenges much current sociological thought and deals with contemporary Christianity, a range of world faiths and new and developing expressions of religion and spirituality. With tables and diagrams to illustrate key points and trends, it provides an accessible and captivating introduction to the sociology of religion.

Stephen Hunt is the author of 'The Court of the Air'. He set up one of the first science fiction and fantasy websites, www.SFcrowsnest.com, in 1994. Today the site has 340,000 readers a month. Stephen Hunt is in his thirties and lives with his wife and children in Surrey.

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Contemporary religion: changing definitions
Postmodernist perspectives: the yet but not yet
Rational choice theory and its discontents
The context of everyday religion
Demographic variables: continuity and change
From 'church' to 'choice': transformations in contemporary Christianity
Faiths of certainty: fundamentalism and the religions of ethnic minorities
The rise and fall of the New Religious Movements
The New Age, self-spiritualities and quasi-religions
Conclusion: the religious and the sacred in everyday life
Bibliography
Index

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