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Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series in Association with the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group


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Foundations and Futures in the Sociology of Religion

Foundations and Futures in the Sociology of Religion

Forthcoming

Luke Doggett, Alp Arat
December 20, 2017

Since the sociology of religion became recognised as a distinct sub-discipline over the last century, the dominance of approaches taking their inspiration from the sociological classics has increasingly been challenged. Empirical findings have brought the notion of secularisation into question; and...

Women and Religion in the West: Challenging Secularization

Women and Religion in the West: Challenging Secularization

Sonya Sharma, Kristin Aune
February 27, 2017

What is the relationship between women and secularization? In the West, women are abandoning traditional religion. Yet they continue to make up the majority of religious adherents. Accounting for this seeming paradox is the focus of this volume. If women undergird the foundations of religion but...

Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred

Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred

Tim Hutchings, Joanne McKenzie
December 07, 2016

Material culture has emerged in recent decades as a significant theoretical concern for the study of religion. This book contributes to and evaluates this material turn, presenting thirteen chapters of new empirical research and theoretical reflection from some of the leading international scholars...

Religion, Identity and Change: Perspectives on Global Transformations

Religion, Identity and Change: Perspectives on Global Transformations

Simon Coleman, Peter Collins
November 28, 2016

Religion is of enduring importance in the lives of many people, yet the religious landscape has been dramatically transformed in recent decades. Established churches have been challenged by eastern faiths, revivals of Christian and Islamic fundamentalism, and the eclectic spiritualities of the New...

Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age

Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age

Elisabeth Arweck, Christopher Deacy
November 11, 2016

In recent years, there has been growing awareness across a range of academic disciplines of the value of exploring issues of religion and the sacred in relation to cultures of everyday life. Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age offers inter-disciplinary perspectives drawing from...

Religion and Knowledge: Sociological Perspectives

Religion and Knowledge: Sociological Perspectives

Elisabeth Arweck, Mathew Guest
October 28, 2016

Religions have always been associated with particular forms of knowledge, often knowledge accorded special significance and sometimes knowledge at odds with prevailing understandings of truth and authority in wider society. New religious movements emerge on the basis of reformulated, often...

Religion, Equalities, and Inequalities

Religion, Equalities, and Inequalities

Dawn Llewellyn, Sonya Sharma
August 03, 2016

Presenting cutting edge research on how religion can confront and obscure social inequalities in everyday life, Religion, Equalities and Inequalities argues that when religion is left out of social scientific analyses, it can result in incomplete analyses that conceal pathways to social inclusion...

Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion

Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion

Andrew McKinnon, Marta Trzebiatowska
November 28, 2014

Religion lies near the heart of the classical sociological tradition, yet it no longer occupies the same place within the contemporary sociological enterprise. This relative absence has left sociology under-prepared for thinking about religion’s continuing importance in new issues, movements, and...

Christianity in the Modern World: Changes and Controversies

Christianity in the Modern World: Changes and Controversies

Afe Adogame, Elizabeth Olson, Elijah Obinna, Giselle Vincett
September 30, 2014

What is the state of Christianity today, and what might it look like in the future? In the West, the story for a long time has revolved around decline and the loss of monopoly status, but how are these shifts changing the practice of Christianity or individual belief? Similarly, the rapid growth of...

Religion and Youth

Religion and Youth

Pink Dandelion, Sylvia Collins-Mayo
July 21, 2010

What is the future of religion given the responses of young people? What impact do existing religious forms have on youth? What kind of spirituality and religion are young people creating for themselves? Religion and Youth presents an accessible guide to the key issues in the study of youth and...

A Sociology of Spirituality

A Sociology of Spirituality

Peter C. Jupp, Kieran Flanagan
November 27, 2009

The emergence of spirituality in contemporary culture in holistic forms suggests that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed in this book in ways that mark important critical divisions. This is the first collection of essays to assess the significance of spirituality...

Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, Identity

Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, Identity

Abby Day
June 25, 2008

What does religion mean to the individual? How are people religious and what do their beliefs, practices and identities mean to them? The individual's place within studies of religion has tended to be overlooked recently in favour of macro analyses. Religion and the Individual draws together...

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