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Contributions from Anthropology

Simon Coleman and Anna Stewart.

in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender

November 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 7517 words.

This chapter provides an overview of anthropological research on the ways in which religions both construct and constrain gender and sexuality. Using examples drawn from a wide range of...

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Contributions from Queer Theory

Patrick S. Cheng.

in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender

November 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Philosophy of Religion; Sociology of Religion; Religious Issues and Debates. 7923 words.

This chapter provides an overview of what Christian theologians need to know about queer theory, which is a critical approach to sexuality and gender that challenges the ‘naturalness’ of...

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Contributions from Sociology

Marta Trzebiatowska.

in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender

November 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 7924 words.

Sociologists are concerned with the way human behaviour is patterned. They look for plausible explanations of phenomena that strike them as important due to their objective prevalence in...

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Demographics of Religious Conversion

Todd M. Johnson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion

April 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion. 5681 words.

In the past twenty-five years, an enormous amount of data on religious affiliation has been collected and analyzed. New sources of information include government censuses (half the...

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Demography

Sergio Della Pergola.

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

December 2004; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Sociology of Religion; Religious Studies. 11729 words.

The scientific study of the Jewish population, also known as demography of the Jews or Jewish demography, does not actually claim the status of a distinct discipline. It is an area of...

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Desire and Love

Ola Sigurdson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender

November 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Philosophy of Religion; Sociology of Religion. 8335 words.

Desire and love have always been important themes in Christianity, but there is no self-evident meaning for either of these concepts. This chapter examines some important contributions in...

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Differentiation

Steve Bruce.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion

November 2016; p ublished online June 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Comparative Religion. 5302 words.

This chapter looks at the relevance of the concept of ‘differentiation’ for the study of religion. Differentiation plays a major part in most explanations of secularization, but it is...

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Divergent Modes of Religiosity and Armed Struggle

Harvey Whitehouse and Brian McQuinn.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

January 2013; p ublished online March 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Sociology of Religion; Comparative Religion. 9816 words.

This chapter investigates one of the most powerful mechanisms by which groups may be formed, inspired, and coordinated—ritual—which may be defined as normative behavior with an...

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Dramatic Ways of Being Religious

Larry D. Bouchard.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

February 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Subjects in Art; Sociology of Religion; Religious Studies. 9928 words.

The history of drama and performance often overlaps with histories of religious practice, belief, experience, and thought. This chapter surveys such histories and gives consideration to...

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Emile Durkheim

W. S. F. Pickering.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion

December 2007; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Studies. 8465 words.

Emile Durkheim founded his sociology enterprise on the equation that in order to understand social phenomena, the social must be explained in terms of the social. This becomes practically...

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