Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion

ISBN-10: 1845539923
ISBN-13: 9781845539924
Edition: 2012
Authors: Craig Martin
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Description: Societies are never ordered in ways that serve everyone's interests equally. Religious traditions - possibly more than any other aspect of society - have been developed over time to create, reproduce, and contest that social order. To study religion  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 9/16/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924

Societies are never ordered in ways that serve everyone's interests equally. Religious traditions - possibly more than any other aspect of society - have been developed over time to create, reproduce, and contest that social order. To study religion effectively is to be able to identify who benefits and who does not and how social structures are legitimated, maintained and contested. A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion explains the key ideas and methods in the study of religion and demonstrates how they can be used. The aim is to provide students with a tool-kit of critical concepts for studying religious belief and behaviour. Throughout the discussion all ideas and methods are illustrated with clear case material. The critical concepts draw on sociological, cultural and anthropological thinking and include: classification and essentialism; naturalization and mystification; legitimation and social reproduction; habitus and normalization; and repression and domination. All offer valuable ways of viewing, analyzing, and evaluating social structures. A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion presents students with a very productive and potentially radical way of studying religion, both its past and its present.

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