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Sociology of Religion: A Reader, 2nd Edition

By Susanne C. Monahan, William A. Mirola, Michael O. Emerson

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 20, 2010

Description

For undergraduate/graduate courses in the Sociology of Religion in departments of Sociology; and for courses such as Religious Perspectives on Social Issues in departments of Theology.

 

A reader that seeks to explore the relationship between the structure and culture of religion and various elements of social life in the U.S.

 

Sociology of Religion: A Reader, 2e is ideal as either a standalone reader or supplement to the text written by the same author team, Why Religion Matters.  Based on both classic and contemporary research in the sociology of religion, this reader highlights a variety of research methods and theoretical approaches. It explores the ways in which religious values, beliefs and practices shape the world outside of church, synagogue, or mosque walls while simultaneously being shaped by the non-religious forces operating in that world.

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

2.) COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Section I:  Definitions of Religion

Section II:  Religious Belief, Ritual and Experience

Section III:  Immigration, Race and Religion

Section IV:  Gender and Religion

Section V:  Social Class and Religion

Section VI:  Sexual Identity and religion

Section VII:  The Secularization Debate

Section VIII:  Religious Authority and Institutions

Section IX:  New Religious Movements

Section X:  Religion, Politics and Social Change

Section XI:  Religious Violence

Section XII:  Religion in a Globalized World

 

 

2. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

* indicates the reading is new to this edition

 

Section I:  Definitions of Religion

 

Emile Durkheim:  Subject of the Study: Religious Sociology and the Theory of Knowledge p. 1-6

 

Peter Berger:  The Sacred Canopy p. 7-12

 

Karl Marx:  From Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion p. 13-14

 

Brian J. Zinnbauer, et.al.:  Religion and Spirituality:  Unfuzzying the Fuzzy* p. 15-20

 

 

Section II:  Religious Belief, Ritual and Experience

 

Emile Durkheim:  The Principal Totemic Beliefs: The Toten as Name and as Emblem * p. 21-23

 

Lynn Davidman and Arthur Greil:  Characters in Search of a Script: The Exit Narratives of Formerly Ultra-Orthodox Jews* p. 24-35

 

Caitlin Killian:  From a Community of Believers to an Islam of the Heart: ‘Conspicuous’ Symbols, Muslim Practices, and the Privatization of Religion in France* p. 36-44

 

 

Section III:  Immigration, Race and Religion

 

Wendy Cadge and Elaine Howard Ecklund:  Immigration and Religion: Current Research and Future Directions* p. 45-58

 

Carolyn Chen:  Religious Varieties of Experience: A Comparison Between a Taiwanese Immigrant Buddhist Temple and an Evangelical Christian Church* p. 59-76

 

Timothy Nelson:  Sacrifice of Praise: Emotion and Collective Participation in an African-American Worship Service p. 77-84

 

Gerardo Marti:  Affinity, Identity and Transcendence: The Experience of Religion Racial Integration in Diverse Congregations* p. 85-95

 

 

Section IV:  Gender and Religion

 

Linda Woodhead:  Gendering Secularization Theory* p. 96-100

 

Jeri Altneu Sechzer:  “Islam and Woman: Where Tradition Meets Modernity”* p. 101-108

 

Wendy Griffin:  The Embodied Goddess p. 109-117

 

Ruth Wallace:  The Social Construction of a New Leadership Role: Catholic Women Pastors  p. 118-124

 

 

Section V:  Social Class and Religion

 

Christian Smith and Robert Faris:  Socioeconomic Inequality in the American Religious System* p. 125-134

 

Timothy Nelson:  At Ease With Our Own Kind:  Worship Practices and Class Segregation in American Religion* p. 135-146

 

Philip Schwadel:  Poor Teenagers’ Religion* p. 147-165

 

Lisa Keister:  Upward Wealth Mobility: Exploring the Roman Catholic Advantage* p. 166-184

 

 

Section VI:  Sexual Identity and Religion

 

 James Hunter:  Culture Wars: The Challenge of Homosexuality p. 185-187

 

Laura Olson and Wendy Cadge:  Talking About Homosexuality: The Views of Mainline Protestant Clergy* p. 188-202

 

Andrew Yip: Daring to Differ: Gay and Lesbian Catholic’s Official Assessment of Official Catholic Positions on Sexuality p. 203-208

 

Krista McQueeney:  We Are God’s Children, Y’all* p. 209-228

 

 

Section VII:  The Secularization Debate

 

Bryan Wilson:  Secularization and Its Discontents pg. 229-237

 

Roger Finke:  An Unsecular America pg. 238-249

 

Mark Chavez:  Secularization as Declining Religious Authority* p. 250-264

 

N. J. Demerath:  Secularization and Sacrilization: Deconstructed and Reconstructed* p. 265-284

 

 

Section VIII:  Religious Authority and Institutions

 

Max Weber:  Selections from Sociological Writings* p. 285-287

 

Fenggang Yang and Helen Rose Ebaugh:  Transformation in New Immigrant Religions:  Congregationalism* p. 288-297

 

Mark Chaves:  All Creatures Great and Small: Megachurches in Context* p. 298-307

 

 

Section IX:  New Religious Movements

 

Paul Olson:  Public Perceptions of ‘Cults’ and ‘New Religious Movements’* p. 308-312

 

James Tabor: Apocalypse at Waco p. 313-318

 

Angela Coco and Ian Woodward:  Discourses of Authenticity Within a Pagan Community:  The Emergence of the ‘Fluffy Bunny’ Sanction* p. 319-326

 

Marybeth Ayella:  ’They Must Be Crazy’:  Some of the Difficulties in Researching ‘Cults’* p. 327-337

 

 

Section X:  Religion, Politics and Social Change

 

Christian Smith:  Correcting a Curious Neglect, or Bringing Religion Back In* p. 338-345

 

Mary Patillo-McCoy:  Church Culture as a Strategy for Action* p. 346-353

 

Clyde Wilcox and Rachel Goldberg:  Public Opinion on Church-State Issues in a Changing Environment* p. 354-361

 

D. Michael Lindsay:  Evangelicals in the Power Elite: Elite Cohesion Advancing a Movement* p. 362-373

 

 

Section XI:  Religious Violence

 

Thomas J. Badey:  The Role of Religion in International Terrorism* p. 374-377

 

Jonathan Fine:  What Motivates Terror?  Contrasting Secular and Religious Terrorism* p. 378-387

 

Mark Juergensmeyer:  Is Religion the Problem?* p. 388-396

 

James K. Wellman, Jr. and Tokuno Kyoko:  Is Religious Violence Inevitable?* p. 397-402

 

Sharon Erickson Nepstad:  Religion, Violence and Peacemaking* p. 403-408

 

 

Section XII:  Religion in a Globalized World

 

Peggy Levitt:  Redefining the Boundaries of Belonging:  The Institutional Character of Transnational Religious Life* p. 409-419

 

Thomas Csordas:  Global Religion and the Re-Enchantment of the World* p. 420-433

 

Robert Wuthnow and Stephen Offutt:  Transnational Religious Connections* p. 434-448

 

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