The Sociology of Religion

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SAGE, Apr 18, 2007 - Social Science - 296 pages
'Grace Davie is one of the best analysts of religion in contemporary sociology. This book caps a distinguished record of studies of religion - first of Britain, then of Europe, then globally. This is a magisterial work, which should be read by anyone interested in the place of religion in the modern world' - Peter L. Berger, Boston University

'This book offers both an expert survey of contemporary sociology of religion and the personal reflections of one of the leading scholars in the field. Grace Davie is a good model for students and their teachers: she is clear, engaging and fair minded but unafraid to express a point of view' -David Voas, University of Manchester

'Grace Davie has written a book about what is currently happening in the sociology of religion which is clear, accessible, devoid of jargon and authoritative. Though addressed to the educated reader, it also provides an ideal text for students... If you want expert guidance about what is going on in the sociology of religion, and to have useful indications about what is going on in religion on the global scene, this book does the job extremely well' - Theology

Why is religion still important? Can we be fully modern and fully religious? The Sociology of Religion works at two levels. First it sets out the agenda - covering the key questions in the sociology of religion today. At the same time, it interrogates this agenda - asking if the sociology of religion, as we currently know it, is 'fit for purpose'. If not, what is to be done?

This book:

• describes the origins of the sociology of religion

• demystifies secularization as a process and a theory

• relates religion to modern social theory

• unpacks the meaning of religion in relation to modernity and globalization

• grasps the methodological challenges in the field

• provides a comparative perspective for religions in the west

• introduces questions of minorities and margins

• sets out a critical agenda for debate and research.

In a single volume, Grace Davie captures the nature and forms of modern religion, the current debates in the field and the prospects for future development.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
Part I
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Part II
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

Chapter 7

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About the author (2007)

Grace Davie is professor emeritus in the Sociology of Religion in the University of Exeter, where she has taught both general sociology and the sociology of religion for some 20 years. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of the International Sociological Association.

In 2000-01 she was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor in the University of Uppsala, where she returned for extended visits in 2006-7, 2010 and 2012. In January 2008, she received an honorary degree from Uppsala. She has also held visiting appointments at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, both in Paris.

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