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Religion in Today's World Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives

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ISBN-10: 0415503876

ISBN-13: 9780415503877

Edition: 2013

Authors: Melissa M. Wilcox

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The importance of religion and religious issues in today’s world is undeniable. Yet sociology of religionas it is conventionally taught in most undergraduate curricula does not reach a broad, lower division student population. Often, the sociology of religion course is taught as a more "ivory tower subject" than as a contemporary, "issues-oriented" subject. With the publication of this new, innovative text/reader, instructors are given a text that accomplishes two important goals: (1) first, an analytically rigorous presentation; (2) and one, thanks to the 5 unique foundational essays connected to 32 adapted readings, that allows instructors to involve their undergraduate students in the…    
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List price: $118.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Series Foreword
What is Religion?
Essay: "Tilting at Windmills: Defining and Predicting Religion"
Defining Religion
Asad, Talal. 1993. "The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category." From Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam, 27-54. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press
McGuire, Meredith B. 2008. "Contested Meanings and Definitional Boundaries: Historicizing the Sociology of Religion." From Lived Religion: Faith and Practice in Everyday Life, 19-44. New York: Oxford University Press
Imagining Religion's Future
Berger, Peter L. 1967. Selections from The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion, 106-111, 125-128. Garden City: Doubleday
Warner, R. Stephen. 1993. Selections from "Work in Progress Toward a New Paradigm for the Sociological Study of Religion in the United States." American Journal of Sociology 98(5): 1044-1046, 1074-1093
Berger, Peter L. 1999. "The Desecularization of the World:' A Global Overview." In The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics, ed. Peter L. Berger, 1-18. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans
Bruce, Steve. 2001. "The Curious Case of the Unnecessary Recantation: Berger and Secularization." In Peter Berger and the Study of Religion, ed. Linda Woodhead, 87-100. New York: Routledge
Heelas, Paul and Linda Woodhead. 2005. Selections from "Bringing the Sacred to Life: Explaining Sacralization and Secularization." From The Spiritual Revolution: Wiry Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality, 77-82, 94-110,123-128. London: Blackwell
Religion and Social Institutions
Essay: "Religion, State, and Nation"
Religion, State, and Law
Ashiwa, Yoshiko. 2009. "Positioning Religion in Modernity: State and Buddhism in China." In Making Religion, Making the State: The Politics of Religion in Modern China, ed. Yoshiko Ashiwa and David L. Wank, 43-70
Hann, Chris and Mathijs Pelkmans. 2009. "Realigning Religion and Power in Central Asia: Islam, Nation-State and (Post)Socialism." Europe-Asia Studies 61(9): 1517-1541
Religion and the Nation
Bellah, Robert N. 1967. "Civil Religion in America." Daedalus 96(1): 1-21
Long, Charles H. 1995. "Civil Rights-Civil Religion: Visible People and Invisible People." From Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion, 161-168, 170. Aurora: The Davies Group
Juergensmeyer, Mark. 2008. "The Militant Christian Right in the United States." From Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Qaeda, 182-192. Berkeley: University of California Press
Skya, Walter A. 2009. Selections from Japan's Holy War: The Ideology of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism, 297-328. Durham: Duke University Press
Religion and Social Power
Essay: "Religion, Oppression, and Resistance"
Theorizing Religion and Power
Marx, Karl. [1844] 1986. Introduction to the Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law. Reprinted in Karl Marx: A Reader, ed. Jon Elster, 301-302. New York: Cambridge University Press
Du Bois, W.E.B. [1903] 1995. "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" and "Of the Faith of the Fathers." From The Souls of Black Folk, ed. Randal Kenan, 43-53, 210-225. New York: Signet Classics
Medina, Lara. 2006. "Nepantla Spirituality: Negotiating Multiple Religious Identities among U.S. Latinas." In Rethinking Latino(a) Religion and Identity, ed. Miguel A. de la Torre and Gast�n Espinosa, 248-266. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press
Enacting Religion and Power
McCarthy Brown, Karen. 1991. Selections from Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, 109-133. Berkeley: University of California Press
Mahmood, Saba. 2005. "Agency, Gender, and Embodiment." From Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject, 153-188. Princeton: Princeton University Press
Yip, Andrew K.T. 2005. "Queering Religious Texts: An Exploration of British Non-heterosexual Christians' and Muslims' Strategy of Constructing Sexuality-affirming Hermeneutics." Sociology 39(1): 47-65
Dzmura, Noach. 2010. "Intersexed Bodies in Mishnah: A Translation and an Activist's Reading of Mishnah Androgynos" and "An Ancient Strategy for Managing Gender Ambiguity." In Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in the Jewish Community, ed. Noach Dzmura, 163-166, 170-181. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books
Religion and Social Movements
Essay: "Changing Religions, Changing Worlds"
Religion in Social Movements
Jeung, Russell. 2007. "Faith-Based, Multiethnic Tenant Organizing: The Oak Park Story." In Religion and Social Justice for Immigrants, ed. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, 59-73. Piscataway: Rutgers University Press
Campbell, David C. and Carin Robinson. 2007. "Religious Coalitions for and Against Gay Marriage: The Culture War Rages On." In The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage, ed. Craig A. Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox, 131-154. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Smith, Lisa Ann and Lori G. Beaman. 2010. "Displacing Religion, Disarming Law: Situating Quaker Spirituality in the 'Trident Three' Case." Social Compass 57(4): 503-520
Religions as Social Movements
Shaffir, William. 1995. "When Prophecy is Not Validated: Explaining the Unexpected in a Messianic Campaign." The Jewish Journal of Sociology 37(2): 119-136
Urban, Hugh B. 2006. "The Age of Satan: Satanic Sex and the Black Mass, from Fantasy to Reality." From Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism, 191-221. Berkeley: University of California Press
Religion, Local and Global
Essay: "Local and Global: Blurring the Boundaries"
Religion, Immigration, and Transnationalism
Levitt, Peggy. 2007. "A New Religious Architecture." From God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape, 113-135. New York: The New Press
Redstone Akresh, liana. 2011. "Immigrants' Religious Participation in the United States." Ethnic and Racial Studies 34(4): 643-661
Bendixsen, Synn�ve. 2010. "Islam as a New Urban Identity? Young Female Muslims Creating a Religious Youth Culture in Berlin." In Gender, Religion, and Migration: Pathways of Integration, ed. Glenda Tibe Bonifacio and Vivienne S.M. Angeles, 95-114. New York: Lexington Books
Religion and Violence, Local and Global
Nason-Clark, Nancy. 2009. "Christianity and the Experience of Domestic Violence: What Does Faith Have to Do with It?" Social Work and Christianity 36(4): 379-393
Jacobs, Janet. 2011. "The Cross-Generational Transmission of Trauma: Ritual and Emotion among Survivors of the Holocaust." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40(3): 342-361
Wessinger, Catherine L. 2000. "How the Millennium Comes Violently." From How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heaven's Gate, 12-29. New York: Seven Bridges
King, Richard. 2007. "The Association of 'Religion' with Violence: Reflections on a Modern Trope." In Religion and Violence in South Asia: Theory and Practice, ed. John R. Hinnells and Richard King, 226-257. New York: Routledge
Works Cited
Glossary Index