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Religion in Sociological Perspective / Edition 5

Religion in Sociological Perspective / Edition 5

by Keith Roberts, David A. YamaneKeith Roberts


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This fully updated Fifth Edition helps students understand and apply the theories and research methods of the sociology of religion. While the authors cover the major theoretical paradigms of the field and employ various middle-range theories to explore specific processes, they use the open systems model as a single unifying framework to integrate the theories and enhance student understanding. Throughout the book, the authors analyze the contributions and blind spots of each theory and emphasize the relationship between research methods and findings.

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ISBN-13: 9781412982986
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Keith A. Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Hanover College, a private liberal arts college of about 1,100 students in Indiana. He has been teaching introductory sociology for more than 30 years with a passion for active learning strategies and a focus on “deep learning” by students that transforms the way they see the world. Prior to teaching at Hanover, he taught at a 2-year regional campus of a large university. He has been active in the teaching movement, writing on teaching and serving as a consultant to sociology departments across the country in his capacity as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group. He has written a very popular textbook in the sociology of religion, has coauthored a book on writing in the undergraduate curriculum, and for 22 years ran an annual workshop for high school sociology teachers. He has chaired the Selection Committee for the SAGE Innovations and Professional Development Awards since the program’s inception. He has been honored for his teaching and teaching-related work at local, state, regional, and national levels. The American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning awarded him the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Sociology in 2000. He was honored with the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 2010. In 2012, the North Central Sociological Association awarded Keith the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology.

David Yamane is professor of sociology at Wake Forest University. He has published in the sociology of religion and in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is completing a 4-year term as Associate Editor of a leading journal in the field, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. In 2007, he was chosen by Wake Forest students to receive the Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Contribution to Student Life.

Table of Contents

PART ONE Introduction to the Sociology of Religion
Chapter 1. What Do We Mean by the Term Religion?
Chapter 2. A Scientific Perspective on Religion
PART TWO The Complexity of Religious Systems: Integration and Conflict
Chapter 3. The Role of Religion in Society: Macro Perspectives
Chapter 4. Religious Experience, Symbol Systems, and World Views
PART THREE Religion in the Lives of Individuals
Chapter 5. Becoming and Being Religious
Chapter 6. Conversion and Switching
PART FOUR Formation and Maintenance of Religious Organizations
Chapter 7. Organized Religion: Churches, Sects, and “Cults”
Chapter 8. The Denominational Society
PART FIVE Religion and Social Inequality
Chapter 10. Religion and Racism
Chapter 11. Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
Chapter 12. Religion, Inequality, and Social Activism
PART SIX Social Change and Religious Adaptation
Chapter 13. Secularization: Religion in Decline or in Transformation?
Chapter 14. Religion Outside the (God) Box
Chapter 15. Religion and Globalization
EPILOGUE The Sociological Perspective on Religion: A Concluding Comment

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