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The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Edited by Peter B. Clarke

Volume 1, issue Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199588961.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars, providing both an entry point into the sociological study and understanding of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. The role and impact of religion and spirituality on the politics, culture, education, and health of the modern world is rigorously discussed and debated. The study of the sociology of religion forges interdisciplinary links to explore aspects of continuity and change in the contemporary interface between society and religion. Using a combination of theoretical, methodological, and content-led approaches, the fifty-seven contributors collectively emphasise the complex relationships between religion and aspects of life from scientific research to law, ecology to art, music to cognitive science, crime to institutional health care and more. The developing character of religion, irreligion, and atheism, and the impact of religious diversity on social cohesion, are explored. An overview of current scholarship in the field is provided in each themed article, with an emphasis on encouraging new thinking and reflection on familiar and emergent themes to stimulate further debate and scholarship.

Keywords: sociological study; spirituality; scientific research; ecology; cognitive science; institutional health care; irreligion; atheism; religious diversity; social cohesion

Book.  1064 pages. 

Subjects: Religion

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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The Uses of Max Weber in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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Max Weber on Islam and Confucianism in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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Rational Choice Theory in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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Religion and Gender in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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Religion and Modernity Worldwide in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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Postmodernism and Religion in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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