Blackwell Companion Sociology of Religion
Edited By: Richard K. Fenn
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Table of Contents
List of Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

PART I. CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY THEORY: RECYCLING,CONTINUITY, PROGRESS, OR NEW DEPARTURES?.

Editorial Commentary: Religion and the Secular; the Sacred andthe Profane: The Scope of the Argument.

1. Personal Reflections in the Mirror of Halévy and Weber(David Martin).

2. Salvation, Secularization, and De-moralization (BryanWilson).

3. The Pentecostal Gender Paradox: A Cautionary Tale for theSociology of Religion (Bernice Martin).

4. Feminism and the Sociology of Religion: From Gender-Blindnessto Gendered Difference (Linda Woodhead).

5. Melancholia, Utopia, and the Psychoanalysis of Dreams (DonaldCapps).

6. Georg Simmel: American Sociology Chooses the Stone theBuilders Refused (Victoria Lee Erickson).

7. Transformations of Society and the Sacred in Durkheim’sReligious Sociology (Donald A. Nielsen).

8. Classics in the Sociology of Religion: An Ambiguous Legacy(Roger O’Toole).

9. Individualism, the Validation of Faith, and the Social Natureof Religion in Modernity (Daniéle Hervieu-Léger).

10. The Origins of Religion (Richard K. Fenn).

PART II. CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN THE RELATION OF RELIGION TOSOCIETY.

Editorial Commentary: Whose Problem is it? The Question ofPrediction versus Projection.

11. Secularization Extended: From Religious "Myth" to CulturalCommonplace (Nicholas J. Demerath III).

12. Social Movements as Free-floating Religious Phenomena (JamesA. Beckford).

13. The Social Process of Secularization (Steve Bruce).

14. Patterns of Religion in Western Europe: An Exceptional Case(Grace Davie).

15. The Future of Religious Participation and Belief in Britainand Beyond (Robin Gill).

16. Religion as Diffusion of Values. "Diffused Religion" in theContext of a Dominant Religious Institution: The Italian Case(Roberto Cipriani).

17. Spirituality and Spiritual Practice (Robert Wuthnow).

18. The Renaissance of Community Economic Development AmongAfrican-American Churches in the 1990s (Katherine Day).

19. Hell as a Residual Category: Possibilities Excluded from theSocial System (Richard K. Fenn and Marianne Delaporte0.

PART III. THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION AND RELATED AREAS OFINQUIRY.

Editorial Commentary: Looking for the Boundaries of the Field:Social Anthropology, Theology, and Ethnography.

20. Acting Ritually: Evidence from the Social Life of ChineseRites (Catherine Bell).

21. Moralizing Sermons, Then and Now (Thomas Luckmann).

22. Health, Morality and Sacrifice: The Sociology of Disasters(Douglas J. Davies).

23. Contemporary Social Theory as it Applies to theUnderstanding of Religion in Cross-Cultural Perspective (PeterBeyer).

24. The Return of Theology: Sociology’s Distant Relative(Kieran Flanagan).

25. Epilogue: Toward a Secular View of the Individual (RichardK. Fenn).

Index.

 
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