Religion and the social order

what kinds of lessons does history teach?
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Category: Social Science
Page: 281
View: 5125

Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health

Author: Anthony Blasi
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004205977
Category: Social Science
Page: 276
View: 7355
This book seeks to involve recognized researchers in the social scientific study of health, medicine and religion, which has burgeoned across the past twenty years, toward more general theoretical development within the field, particularly with respect to the elderly and disadvantaged.

The Rude Hand of Innovation

Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836
Author: David G. Hackett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195362299
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 6166
This path-breaking study analyzes the social and religious transformation of Albany, New York, from the town's colonial origins through industrialization in the early nineteenth century. Rather than see the transformation of traditional societies as a process of modernization, Hackett adopts a broader conception of religion as a cultural system and argues that culture influences social order differently in different historical periods. During most of Albany's colonial period, the Dutch townspeople absorbed British people and customs into their Calvinist way of life. Following the Revolution, large scale immigration, urbanization, and the initial spurt of an industrial economy transformed Albany into a bustling commercial center. At the same time new political and religious ideologies that disagreed among themselves yet together advocated economic growth, democracy, education, and individual rights, challenged and finally replaced Calvinism. Drawing on the resources of sociology, social history, and religion, this study illuminates not only the social history of Albany but also presents a new interpretation of the relationship between religion and social order in American history.

Religion on the Internet

Research Prospects and Promises
Author: Douglas E. Cowan,Jeffrey K. Hadden
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 9780762305353
Category: Science
Page: 365
View: 3838
Offers an inquiry into the nature, scope and content of religion in cyberspace. This volume provides a conceptual mapping of religion in cyberspace. It is intended for those who seek to understand how religion is being presented on the Internet, and how this topic is likely to unfold.

North American Buddhists in Social Context

Author: Paul David Numrich
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004168265
Category: Social Science
Page: 246
View: 1221
The first multi-author collection of social scientific scholarship on North American Buddhists, this volume examines the current state of research and key aspects of Buddhist life and experience in social context. Case studies feature Southeast Asian, Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, meditation-oriented, and socially engaged Buddhists.

State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies

Author: Fenggang Yang,Joseph B. Tamney
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Category: History
Page: 258
View: 6522
This is a collection of original, new studies about religious changes in Chinese societies, focusing on the role of the state and market in affecting religious developments. It will interest people who want to understand China and/or religious change in modernizing societies

Religion and the Social Sciences

Conversations with Robert Bellah and Christian Smith
Author: R. R. Reno,Barbara McClay
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 149823643X
Category: Religion
Page: 140
View: 6815
More often than not it's a class in the social sciences that challenges the faith of students, not a class in biology. Does critical understanding of our religious traditions, institutions, and convictions undercut them? Or can a modern social scientific approach deepen faith's commitments, making us full participants in today's intellectual culture? In these conversations with eminent sociologists Robert Bellah and Christian Smith, leading scholars probe the religious potential of modern social science--and its theological limits.

Personal Religion and the Social Awakening

Author: Ross Lee Finney
Publisher: N.A
Category: Christian sociology
Page: 147
View: 9169

Religion in Times of Crisis

Author: N.A
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 900427779X
Category: Religion
Page: 204
View: 1976
This book explores the role of religion in times of personal, political, and social crisis in Europe and beyond. Its fresh perspectives on religion, modernity and the nation-state demonstrate the complexity and ambivalence of religion’s role in the contemporary world.

Vocation and Social Context

Author: Giuseppe Giordan
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004161945
Category: Social Science
Page: 213
View: 9247
Illustrating the different ways in which Weber's category of "Beruf" can be interpreted, and how it can be studied from various perspectives and with different methods, this book demonstrates how "vocation" continues to be a fertile concept for contemporary sociology.

The Social Significance of Religion in the Enlarged Europe

Secularization, Individualization and Pluralization
Author: Olaf Müller
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317015541
Category: Religion
Page: 278
View: 7139
Engaging with some of the central issues in the sociology of religion, this volume investigates the role and significance of churches and religion in contemporary Western and Eastern Europe. Based on an extensive international research project, it offers case studies of various countries (including Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Hungary and Croatia), as well as cross-country comparisons. Researching more precisely the present social relevance of church and religion at different levels, The Social Significance of Religion in the Enlarged Europe raises and responds to both descriptive and explanatory questions: Can we observe tendencies of religious decline in the various Western and Eastern European countries? Are we witnessing trends of religious individualization? To what extent has there been a religious upswing in the last few years? And what are the factors causing the observed processes of religious change? Marked by its broad range of data and a coherent conceptual framework, in accordance with which each chapter assesses the extent to which three important theoretical approaches in the sociology of religion - secularization theory, the market model of religion, and the individualization thesis - are applicable to the data, this book will be of interest to scholars of sociology, politics and religion exploring religious trends and attitudes in contemporary Europe.

Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity

Author: Roy A. Rappaport
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521296908
Category: Religion
Page: 535
View: 9303
Roy Rappaport argues that religion is central to the continuing evolution of life, although it has been been displaced from its original position of intellectual authority by the rise of modern science. His book, which could be construed as in some degree religious as well as about religion, insists that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches to the study of humankind, he mounts a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, seeing it as co-extensive with the invention of language and hence of culture as we know it. At the same time he assembles the fullest study yet of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions which we take to be religious and has been central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from anthropology, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and elsewhere.

Religion in the Contemporary World

A Sociological Introduction
Author: Alan Aldridge
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745665144
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 5055
In the new edition of this widely praised text, Alan Aldridge examines the complex realities of religious belief, practice and institutions. Religion is a powerful and controversial force in the contemporary world, even in supposedly secular societies. Almost all societies seek to cultivate religions and faith communities as sources of social stability and engines of social progress. They also try to combat real and imagined abuses and excess, regulating cults that brainwash vulnerable people, containing fundamentalism that threatens democracy and the progress of science, and identifying terrorists who threaten atrocities in the name of religion. The third edition has been carefully revised to make sure it is fully up to date with recent developments and debates. Major themes in the revised edition include the recently erupted ‘culture war’ between progressive secularists and conservative believers, the diverse manifestations of ‘fundamentalism’ and their impact on the wider society, new individual forms of religious expression in opposition to traditional structures of authority, and the backlash against ‘multiculturalism’ with its controversial implications for the social integration of ethnic and religious minority communities. Impressive in its scholarly analysis of a vibrant and challenging aspect of human societies, the third edition will appeal strongly to students taking courses in the sociology of religion and religious studies, as well as to everyone interested in the place of religion in the contemporary world.

The Sociology of Religion

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807042052
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
View: 7401
Translated by Ephraim Fischoff With a new Foreword by Ann Swidler

Christianity and the Social Crisis

Author: Walter Rauschenbusch
Publisher: N.A
Category: Christian sociology
Page: 429
View: 1799

Religion Crossing Boundaries

Transnational Religious and Social Dynamics in Africa and the New African Diaspora
Author: Afeosemime Unuose Adogame
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN: 9789004187306
Category: History
Page: 280
View: 7527
James V. Spickard is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Redlands, where he teaches social research Methods. He has written widely on the changing role of religion in the contemporary world. --

The Pariah Problem

Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India
Author: Rupa Viswanath
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537506
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 7951
Once known as "Pariahs," Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. They belong to India's most subordinated castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and provoke public anxiety. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, this book follows the conception and evolution of the "Pariah Problem" in public consciousness in the 1890s. It shows how high-caste landlords, state officials, and well-intentioned missionaries conceived of Dalit oppression, and effectively foreclosed the emergence of substantive solutions to the "Problem"—with consequences that continue to be felt today. Rupa Viswanath begins with a description of the everyday lives of Dalit laborers in the 1890s and highlights the systematic efforts made by the state and Indian elites to protect Indian slavery from public scrutiny. Protestant missionaries were the first non-Dalits to draw attention to their plight. The missionaries' vision of the Pariahs' suffering as being a result of Hindu religious prejudice, however, obscured the fact that the entire agrarian political–economic system depended on unfree Pariah labor. Both the Indian public and colonial officials came to share a view compatible with missionary explanations, which meant all subsequent welfare efforts directed at Dalits focused on religious and social transformation rather than on structural reform. Methodologically, theoretically, and empirically, this book breaks new ground to demonstrate how events in the early decades of state-sponsored welfare directed at Dalits laid the groundwork for the present day, where the postcolonial state and well-meaning social and religious reformers continue to downplay Dalits' landlessness, violent suppression, and political subordination.

Religion in the Media Age

Author: Stewart M. Hoover
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134380763
Category: Religion
Page: 352
View: 9574
Looking at the everyday interaction of religion and media in our cultural lives, Hoover’s new book is a fascinating assessment of the state of modern religion. Recent years have produced a marked turn away from institutionalized religions towards more autonomous, individual forms of the search for spiritual meaning. Film, television, the music industry and the internet are central to this process, cutting through the monolithic assertions of world religions and giving access to more diverse and fragmented ideals. While the sheer volume and variety of information travelling through global media changes modes of religious thought and commitment, the human desire for spirituality also invigorates popular culture itself, recreating commodities – film blockbusters, world sport and popular music – as contexts for religious meanings. Drawing on research into household media consumption, Hoover charts the way in which media and religion intermingle and collide in the cultural experience of media audiences. Religion in the Media Age is essential reading for everyone interested in how today mass media relates to contemporary religious and spiritual life.