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Social Theory and Religion

Social Theory and Religion

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  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521774314

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  • This book looks at ways of improving our understanding of religious change by strengthening the links between social theory and the social scientific study of religion. James Beckford reviews the current state of social scientific knowledge about religion. He clarifies the social processes involved in constructing religious and non-religious environments in public and private life. Beckford reveals the importance of these boundaries by referring to studies of secularization, religious diversity, globalization, religious movements and self-identity.

    • Written by an internationally renowned sociologist
    • Includes theoretical aspects of the sociology of religion and an analysis of trends in modern religion
    • Encompasses both social theory and sociology of religion
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    "Some books transform our understanding of their topics. Fewer books transform their disciplines. And a very few transform those who read them, such that they can never again approach their own subject matters in their accustomed ways. Jim Beckford's long-awaited 'summa' may do all three." Sociology of Religion

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521774314
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Religion: a social constructionist approach
    2. Secularisation
    3. The vagaries of religious pluralism
    4. Globalisation and religion
    5. Social theory and religious movements
    6. Constructing religion, self and society.

  • Author

    James A. Beckford, University of Warwick
    James A. Beckford is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. His previous publications include The Trumpet of Prophecy. A Sociological Study of Jehovah's Witnesses (1975), Cult Controversies. The Societal Response to New Religious Movements (1989), Religion and Advanced Industrial Society (1989) and Religion in Prison. 'Equal Rites' in a Multi-Faith Society (with S. Gilliat, Cambridge University Press, 1998).

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