Gods in the Global Village The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective

ISBN-10: 1412991250
ISBN-13: 9781412991254
Edition: 3rd 2012
Authors: Lester R. Kurtz
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Lester R. Kurtz is Professor of Public Sociology at George Masonthe University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches the comparative sociology of religion, peace and conflict, social movements, globalization, and both Western and non-Western social theory. He lectures regularly at the European Peaee University and was previously Director of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. and He holds a master's in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He is editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, & Conflict (Elsevier), coeditor of Nonviolent Social Movements: A Geographical Perspective (Blackwell), and coeditor of The Web of Violence: From Interpersonal to Global (University of Illinois Press). He is the author of numerous books and articles on religion and conflict peace, including The Nuclear Cage: A Sociology of the Arms Race (Prentice Hall) and The Politics of Heresy: The Modernist Crisis in Roman Catholicism (University of California Press), which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Distinguished Book Award. He is currently working on books titled Gandhi's Paradox and Gods and Bombs, as well as a documentary film, Peaceful Warriors: The History of Nonviolence, with James Otis.Dr. Kurtz is the past Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as well as the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award in 2005. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University in India, and Tunghai University in Taiwan.

About the Author
Preface
Acknowledgments
Religious Life in the Global Village
Religion and the Globalization of Social Life
Religion and the Sociological Tradition
Tools of the Trade
Major Themes in the Sociology of Religion
A Sociological Tour: Turning East
Types of Religious Traditions
Hinduism, or Sanatana Dharma
Buddhism
Religious Life in China and East Asia
The Tour: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Tribal Continuities in Judaism and Islam
The Social Construction of Religious Traditions
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Indigenous Religions
Indigenous Beliefs
Indigenous Rituals
Indigenous Institutions
Indigenous Environmentalism
The Religious Ethos
Constructing a Religious Ethos
Religion and Identity Construction
Religion and Stratification
Religious Taboo Lines and Ethical Systems
Religion and Sexuality
Religion and Politics
The Ethos of the Global Village
Modernism and Multiculturalism
From Local to Cosmopolitan
The Challenge of Modernism
Historical Outcomes of the Modernist Crisis
The Modernist Crisis and the Twenty-First Century
The Crisis of Multiculturalism
Religious Movements for a New Century
Civil Religion and Nationalism
Religious Syncretism and Alternative Religious Movements
New Forms of Religiosity
Women's Movements
Environmental Movements
Constructing and Reconstructing Religious Life
Religion and Social Conflict
A Theory of Religious Conflict
Religion and the Problem of Violence
Religious Contributions to Nonviolence
Islam and Nonviolence
Chaos or Community?
Notes
References
Glossary/Index

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