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Sociology of Religion Contemporary Developments

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ISBN-10: 0742561119

ISBN-13: 9780742561113

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Kevin J. Christiano, William H. Swatos, Peter Kivisto

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List price: $66.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 7.09" wide x 10.07" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Peter Kivisto is Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College and Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Turku. His current research involves a collaborative project on multiculturalism with colleagues in Finland. His interests include immigration, social integration, citizenship, and religion. Among his recent books are Key Ideas in Sociology (2011), Illuminating Social Life (2011); Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration (2010, with Thomas Faist); Citizenship: Discourse, Theory and Transnational Prospects (2007, with Thomas Faist); and Intersecting Inequalities…    

About Ourselves
About the Book
The Basics
By Way of Introduction
The Definition Problem
Exploring the Dimensions of Religion
Social Relationships
Ethical Considerations
A Definitional Revision
The Plan of the Book
Suggestions for Further Reading
Studying Religion
How Do We Study Religion?
Survey Research
Participant Observation
Historical Research
Theory in the Study of Religion
Functionalist Theories
Conflict Theories
A Paradigm Shift
Rational Choice Theories
Sociologie Religieuse
Why Study Religion?
Implicit Religion
Suggestions for Further Reading
The "Religion" of Secularization and the History of Religions
The "World" of Religion
The Arguments
The Critique
The "Religions" of Secularization
Civil Religion
Invisible Religion
The Myth of the Age of Faith
Suggestions for Further Reading
Religion in the United States: Denominationalism and Beyond
Churches and Sects
Weber's Sociology and Troeltsch's Ethics
Elaboration, Reaction, and Revision
Neo-Weberian Analyses
Denominations Today
American Religious Renewal
Mainlines and Sidelines in Religion in the United States
Evangelicals and Fundamentalists: Alike and Different
Suggestions for Further Reading
Religion and Social Differentiation
Social Class, Religion, and Power: A Classic Field of Inquiry
Sociological Classics
Marx: The Permanent Exile and Prophet
Weber: Theodicy, Religious Ethics, and Social Class
Religion and the U.S. Class Structure
U.S. Classes and Religion in the Industrial Age: 1870-1970
The Class/Religion Nexus in a Postindustrial Society
Suggestions for Further Reading
Religion and Ethnicity: A Complex Relationship
Clarifying Terms: Ethnic, Nationality, and Racial Groups
Defining Ethnic Groups
Nationality Groups and Territoriality
The Specter of Race
Relational Patterns between Religion and Ethnicity
Ethnicity in the "Righteous Empire"
The Ethnic Factor in the Formative Period of U.S. Catholicism
The Jewish Diaspora
Herberg's Thesis and the Triple Melting Pot
The African-American Religious Experience
From Different Shores: The New Immigrants
The New Ethnics as Protestants, Catholics, and Jews
Beyond Protestant, Catholic, Jew
Suggestions for Further Reading
Gender, Sexuality, and Religion: Spirituality in Different Voices?
The Ordination Debate
Women in Clerical and Lay Roles
Culture Wars: Gender, Religion, and Family Values
Abortion and the Politics of the Body
Family Matters
Gays, Lesbians, and Religion
Images of God and Gendered Spirituality
Suggestions for Further Reading
Religion, Culture, and Change
Religious Change: The Case of Catholicism in the United States
Church with a Capital C
Change: From Breeze to Tornado
Commitment: Loyalty, but Not Obedience
Devotion: A Collapse of Authority
Governance: Guiding the People of God
Leadership: Failures at the Top
Membership: Problems in the Pews
African-American Catholics
Hispanic Catholics
Women in the Church
Personnel: People without Priests
Finances: Expanding Mission, Declining Resources
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Globalization Dynamic: Historic Animosities or Postmodern Politics?
Global Culture
Excursus on the History of Religions
Globalization and Fundamentalisms
The Religious Right in the United States
Fundamentalism, Globalization, and American Civil Religion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Mediating Meaning: Religion in-and as-Contemporary Culture
Mass Faith: The Media of Religion
Religion in Material Culture: Faith in the Flesh
Religious Publishing: Words and The Word
"That Old-Time Religion": Broadcast Faith in the United States
"In the Beginning..."
The Message: "His Master's Voice"?
The Messengers: The Return of Elmer Gantry?
The Audience: Preaching to the Converted?
Cyber-Faith: Religion on the Internet
Suggestions for Further Reading
Boundary Issues: Church, State, and New Religions
Religious Novelty
Cult and Anticult: Social Science and Social Movements
Asceticism and Mysticism
The Attraction of the Margin
Illustrations of NRM Dynamics
"Satanism" and Anti-Satanism
Neopaganism: Of Gods and Goddesses
Suggestions for Further Reading