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Grappling with the Legacy of Modernity: Implications for the Sociology of Religion

Manuel A. Vásquez

in Religion on the Edge

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199938629
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938629.003.0002
Grappling with the Legacy of Modernity: Implications for the Sociology of Religion

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This chapter shows how taken-for-granted assumptions about modernity are embedded in our understandings of religion, and what we learn about religion and modernity by bringing those taken-for-granted assumptions to the fore. After excavating the modernist biases that have vitiated the social sciences' approach to religion, it concludes by presenting a more embedded, relational, embodied, and polyvalent understanding of subjectivity that can help reorient the sociology of religion along more fruitful lines.

Keywords: modernity; religion; assumptions; modernist biases; social sciences

Chapter.  8839 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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