Religion and Social Problems

Titus Hjelm

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religion and Social Problems

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While the relationship between religion and social issues has begun to attract a good deal of interest from researchers in recent years, it is without much theoretical guidance in the way of social-problem theory. This is a gap that this article attempts to fill. The discussion focuses on the following issues: social problems as claims-making activities; how religions construct solutions to social problems; and how religion itself is constructed as a social problem and how this impacts on the way religion is perceived. It also holds that in addition to being a solid field of inquiry in itself, the study of religion and social problems also works as a prism through which many other central problems in sociology of religion – and sociology in general – can be examined.

Keywords: social-problem theory; claims-making activity; religion; sociology

Article.  7262 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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