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Religion, Realism and Social Theory: Making Sense of Society

by Philip Mellor SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
09/2004
ISBN:
9780761948650
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
Price:
AU$92.00 NZ$93.91
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`Philip Mellor's ambition is to save sociology from itself…or to save society from the sociologists. He has written a brilliant polemic and theoretically rich argument against the many fashionable contemporary social theories that provide acquiescent 'post-societal' endorsements of the economic and technological forces that are 'hollowing out' the religious, moral and human dimensions of societies. I am tremendously impressed' - Kenneth Thompson, Professor of Sociology at the Open University

Religion, Realism and Social Change challenges those contemporary sociologists who argue that the notion of 'society' is an outmoded basis for sociological analysis and instead revitalizes the idea that sociology is truly 'the study of society'.

Through a bold and original argument, Philip Mellor returns the human and religious aspects of social life to the centre of social theory, drawing on a vast range of contemporary social theoretical literature in the process. The book:


'' comprehensively reassesses what societies are

'' offers a detailed critique of current failings in social theory

'' draws out the religious underpinnings of social life

'' throws fresh light on the religious, cultural and social conflicts that appear to herald a new period of global disorder


Religion, Realism and Social Change will stimulate debate amongst academics and students of sociology and social theory, cultural studies and the sociology of religion.

Table of Contents:

Introduction


Real Society



Complex Society


Contingent Society


Necessary Society


Temporal Society


Tacit Society


Resurgent Society


Conclusion

CONTENTS
Introduction / Real Society / Complex Society / Contingent Society / Necessary Society / Temporal Society / Tacit Society / Resurgent Society / Conclusion

Philip A Mellor University of Leeds